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Master's Programme Comparative Literature

Faculty Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0232 Literature und Linguistics
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 066 870
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W) *
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2009W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

  • Bachelor's Programme English and American Studies (2009W)
  • Bachelor's Programme French (2009W)
  • Bachelor's Programme German Philology  (2009W)
  • Bachelor's Programme Italian (2009W)
  • Bachelor's Programme Slavonic Studies (2009W)
  • Bachelor's Programme Spanish (2009W)

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Literary Studies
  • 10 ECTS-Credits Core Areas: Literary History, Art History and Cultural History
  • 5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Cultural Studies

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Comparative Literary Studies
10.0 ECTS-Credits: World Literature and Intertextuality
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Comparative Media and Culture Studies

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Literary Dispositifs and Literary Transfer
20.0 ECTS-Credits: Complementary Subject Area or Elective Modules

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Scientific Specialisation Subject 1 / Master-Seminar 1
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Scientific Specialisation Subject 2 / Master-Seminar 2
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Complementary Subject Area or Elective Modules and/or Practice 

Fourth Semester »

2.5 ECTS-Credits: Scientific Specialisation Subject 2 / Discussion of the Master's Thesis Projects
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Preparation of the Master's Thesis
20.0 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defence

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Qualification Profile and Skills

  • Knowledge of the history and development of literary phenomena; knowledge of theories of text, literature, culture and media; ability to impart the knowledge acquired during the study programme.
  • Skills in the field of reception, production, conveying and adapting texts in a wider sense, qualifying for open and critical analysis of literary processes and other artforms. 
  • Ability to a safe, creative and correct use of the language skills acquired in the study programme in a wide range of situations and with regard to a variety of subjects. 
  • Competence in terms of analysis and practical use with media. 
  • General knowledge in the fields of culture and humanities as well as the ability to popularize humanistic perspectives.
  • Ability to communicate one’s own culture and to promote an understanding of other cultures and gender-specific differences; ability to judge future developments in culture and society; problem awareness for socially marginalised and disadvantaged areas.
  • Competence in interdisciplinary work; competence in shaping organizational processes.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialised knowledge in the fields mentioned in the qualification profile. They are able to apply their competences in these fields and at the interfaces to other disciplines by independently formulate and substantiate scientific arguments and to find innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Scientific work in universities and non-university institutions:

  • editorial departments; as authors of non-fiction books; journalistic and editorial activity in the print media sector, especially in learned journals and newspapers, but also on radio and TV; PR agencies; publishing in the field of fine arts and culture
  • advisory functions in politics and economy; adult education; librarianship
  • advisory functions for management and (cultural) politics; organisational and administrative tasks in public and private institutions and organisations (culture management); in the theatre sector (dramaturgy etc.)
  • cultural mediation abroad

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck


Within the scope of the Master’s Programme, a Minor corresponding to 30 ECTS-Credits may be passed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Sexl

Dean of Studies
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerhard Pisek

Information for students with disabilities

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