Master’s degree in literary studies

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Master’s degree

Our MA programme in literary studies enables interdisciplinary engagement with literature in the context of other semiotic practices and media. It is aimed at graduates of BA programmes in literary studies as well as BA programmes in media studies and cultural studies with a focus on literary studies who are interested in the processes that produce, change, or disrupt meaning, in the forms that become manifest or take place in literature and other forms and media of representation. Students are also welcome to apply to this degree programme in literary studies if they have completed a degree in media studies, cultural studies, or other disciplines in the humanities (without a focus on literature) (Admission requirements). 

further information on the programme

Welcome to our Master's program in ''literary studies''

 Join in on our welcome event and get to know about important guidelines for your studies, ask questions and connect with your fellow students. If the interest arises a campus tour might also take place.

For the event please arrive at RoomD01 in building 4 on Wednesday the 6th April at 12:15 o'clock. 

The master’s degree programme

The master’s degree programme

The master’s degree programme in literary studies at the University of Erfurt

  • approaches European and American literature and cultures from perspectives of literary theory, comparative literature, poetology, cultural studies, and media studies
  • has a transphilological orientation and supports interdisciplinary exchange with other fields of study, such as media studies, religious studies, cultural anthropology, history, philosophy, and linguistics
  • offers intensive and personal mentoring and promotes the development of individual research interests in colloquia, workshops, and supervised self-study units
  • is oriented toward research and theory
  • offers the opportunity to prepare for a subsequent doctoral programme

Module examinations and self-study units



Application for the summer semester from 1 October to 15 January and for the winter semester from 1 April to 15 July.

Additional information


Areas of focus

Areas of focus

The areas of focus include 

  • foundations of literary studies and literary theory
  • theories of text and genre
  • theories of language and semiotics
  • poetics and rhetoric
  • aesthetics 
  • motif research
  • translation theories
  • deconstruction and poststructuralism
  • feminist literary studies and gender studies 
  • media theories and cultural techniques 
  • postcolonialism and alterity studies

Professional fields

Professional fields

  • research and activities at universities and other research institutions
  • publishing
  • cultural work and activities
  • journalism
  • public relations
  • publicity

Study regulations

Introductory guide to the MA degree programme

Registering an MA thesis

Seminar papers and literary studies

Dear students,

for issues and questions around the topic "seminar papers in literary studies" we offer a writing workshop during the semester and semester break.

Especially in times of the pandemic, student interchange has been affected and the motivation to work on seminar papers is declining. That's why we want to provide assistance and help you with finding a topic for your paper and also answer questions about content-related and formal issues. Feel free to ask us any kind of question.

The writing workshop takes place two times a week via webex. We start on Monday, 17.01.2022 from 16-18 h as well as Thursday, 20.01.2022 from 14-16 h.

On Mondays please use the following webex-room:

On Thursdays please use the link below:

We're looking forward to the workshop!

Many greetings, Emma, Janne, Luise und Vanessa-Marie


Program coordinator

Inhaber der Professur für Neuere Deutsche Literaturwissenschaft
(Literary Studies)
Mitarbeitergebäude 1 / Raum 508
Office hours
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Student advisor

Studienfachberaterin Master Literaturwissenschaft: Texte. Zeichen. Medien
(Faculty of Philosophy)
Mitarbeitergebäude 1 / Raum 602