The master’s degree in German-language literature with a focus on modern literature provides students with methodological and analytical skills based on current research issues in dealing with newer German-language literature (from 1600 to the present). The goals include in-depth knowledge of theory formation and its historical aspects on the one hand, and the reflective use of methods of literary studies on the other. In addition, advanced knowledge of concepts of literary historiography and the function of literature in the context of cultural history is acquired. The examination of the interdisciplinary aspects of literary studies also plays an important role.



The master’s degree in German-Language Literature with a focus on Modern German Literature comprises six different modules.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the course

Focus on modern literature
module Literary theory, aesthetics, poetics
module Exemplary Readings - Modern Literature
module Epochs and Epoch Concepts
module Literature and cultural history
module Literary studies in an interdisciplinary context
module Planning a Research Project - Recent Literature



For access to the master’s degree with a focus on modern literature, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or other equivalent university degree with a degree in German Philology / German Studies amounting to at least 60 CP, of which at least 20 CP are in the field of modern German literature.

The course is restricted in admission.

Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university entrance (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge according to the regulations for the German language test for university entrance of foreign applicants at the Free University of Berlin.




Graduates not only have in-depth scientific knowledge in their subject, but have also acquired further professional qualifications, such as analytical skills, communication skills and the ability to work independently and independently.       

The master's degree in German-language literature prepares students for an academic career and for professional activities in the cultural and educational sectors, e.g. in publishing houses, libraries and archives, in the media, and in cultural or educational institutions.

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