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
C 066 870
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W) *
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent

* Information on the Curriculum (2009W)

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 cirteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

Source: Academic year 2016/2017

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).


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)

Criteria for the determination of equivalence:

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  • 10 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Literary Studies
  •   5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Linguistics
  •   5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Cultural Studies
  • 10 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Cultural History

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the master degree programme.

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: Literature, Reasoning, Arts
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Intermediality and Interculturality (Basics)

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Intermediality (In-Depth Study)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Interculturality (In-Depth Study)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elecitve Module or Internship >continue third semester!

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Intermediality (Specialisation)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Interculturality (Specialisation)
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Project and Social Competence
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elecitve Module or Internship

Fourth Semester »

27.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis Defence

Graphic chart »

Recommended course sequence for Master Programme Comparative Literature

Qualification Profile and Skills

  • Knowledge of the history and development of literary phenomena; understanding of the history and the development of the subject Comparative Literature (awareness of the subject) as well as the ability to convey the skills acquired in the study programme (conveyance skills)
  • 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 impart one's own culture and to promote the understanding of other cultures; ability to assess future cultural and social developments; awareness of socially marginalized 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

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

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