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Master programme

Degree profile

Begin of study
winter- and summer semester
4 semester
Academic degree
Master of Arts (M. A.)
full time and part time
Faculty of Philosophy
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Teaching language

Course Details

The Master's programme in Literary Studies enables an interdisciplinary study of literature in the context of other sign practices and media. It is aimed at graduates of bachelor's programmes in literary studies as well as media and cultural studies with a focus on literary studies and an interest in processes of production, change and disturbance of meaning that are emerging or taking place in literature and other forms of representation and media.

Career changers from media and cultural studies and philosophy are also welcome.

Why Literary Studies in Erfurt?

The Erfurt Literary Studies Master's programme:
  • offers literary-theoretical, comparative, poetological, cultural and media studies perspectives on European and American literatures and cultures.
  • is transphilologically oriented and supports interdisciplinary exchange with other subjects such as media studies, religious studies, cultural anthropology, history, philosophy and linguistics
  • offers intensive, personal supervision by mentors and promotes the development of individual research interests in colloquia, workshops and supervised self-study units
  • is research- and theory-oriented
  • offers the opportunity to prepare for a subsequent doctorate

Job & Career Perspectives

Our graduates work in the following professional fields:

  • in science and in activities at universities and other research institutions
  • in publishing
  • in cultural work
  • in journalism
  • in public relations
  • in advertising

Literary Studies in Detail

Structure of the study programme

The Master of Literary Studies is acquired by completing modules of 90 credit points (LP), which cover the entire study phase (1st - 3rd semester), and the Master's thesis (30 LP).

Mandatory module:

  • Theories and methods

Elective modules:

  • General and Comparative Literature
  • English and American Literature
  • Modern German Literature
  • Romance studies of literature
  • Slavic literature and cultural studies
  • Reading of cultural formations, literary studies as cultural studies
  • Reading of media procedures, literary studies as media analysis
  • Knowledge spaces

Interdisciplinary modules:

  • Religious Pluralism
  • Cultural History of Orthodox Christianity I: History, Culture and Development of Orthodox Christianity
  • Cultural History of Orthodox Christianity II: Interrelations and Interferences of Orthodox Religious Cultures in the Past and Present
  • Philosophical perspectives

Study abroad

Study abroad

A study semester abroad is highly recommended. The International Office is happy to assist in organizing the stay abroad.

Study abroad

Admissions qualification

  • an above-average degree from a relevant university course in literary studies, individual philologies, e.g. media or cultural studies (focus on literary studies) of at least six semesters standard period of study (final grade 2.3 or better)

Access is also open to graduates of cultural studies, philosophy or media studies who wish to expand their literary and analytical skills through a compact postgraduate course. In this case, the special motivation for the course of study must be explained to the Master's programme officer.

Language requirements

  • German: Upon application, international applicants must prove German language skills at level B1.

Language entry requirement is proof of two modern foreign languages at level B1 of the European Frame of Reference by the end of the course of study, in accordance with the examination regulations of the University of Erfurt for language studies. The languages to be proven depend on the chosen program focus.

Language Center

The Language Centre (Sprachenzentrum) offers around 140 language courses per semester in 16 modern and ancient (foreign) languages. It supports you in acquiring and deepening your language skills.

International applicants

International applicants whose native language is not German must provide proof of sufficient German language skills (level B1) upon application.

Information on required German language skills and the German language test for university admission (DSH):

Language and Admission Requirements 

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The recommended application period for the Master's programme Literary Studies: Texts.Signs.Media is from 1 January to 15 July for the winter semester and for the summer semester from 1 November to 15 January. *) **)

*) If your application is received by 15 July or 15 January, the University of Erfurt will endeavour to inform you of the admission decision promptly after reviewing your application. By accepting the place, you can enrol immediately.

**) If we do not receive your application until after the recommended deadline of 15 September or 15 March at the latest, we cannot guarantee that your application will be processed promptly; the last time decisions on admission are made is in the week before the start of lectures.

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+++ Please note: Due to a changeover of the student administration to a new database system, the existing online services in the applicant administration cannot be used from Monday, 3 June at midnight until Monday, 10 June at midnight at the latest. It will also not be possible to process applications in student administration during this time. We ask for your understanding. +++

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