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The master’s degree in Romance Literature is research-oriented. It deepens and expands the previously acquired philological specialist knowledge in the field of literary studies with regard to at least two Romance languages ??and literatures. French, Spanish or Italian can be selected as the first language (main language) and French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan or Galician as the second language. In the area of ??literary studies, the course offers in-depth training based on current research issues, which is subject to a cross-lingual, Romance perspective. One focus is on imparting subject-specific theoretical and methodological skills: The students expand their knowledge in the field of literary theory building. You will be trained to deal critically and reflectively with various theoretical models and analysis categories and to apply them to specific literary texts. At the same time, techniques of research practice in particular are being expanded.

As part of a second focus, students are given a deeper knowledge of central epochs of the selected Romance literatures on the basis of comprehensive, systematic reading of texts from the primary and secondary literature. At the same time, it promotes the ability of the students to understand texts in their historical, sociocultural, discursive, media and / or gender-specific contexts, but especially to analyze and interpret them independently, taking into account the current state of research. Both of the above-mentioned focal points of the technical studies are related to one another throughout the course, albeit with different emphasis, and are also linked to interdisciplinary issues,

In addition to the technical studies, an extended practical language training in the two selected Romance languages ??is a central component of the course. The area of ??language acquisition leads the students in the main language to level C1.1 / C.1.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (GER). The study of a second Romance language builds on any previous knowledge. Students with no previous knowledge complete the basic modules I to III and thus achieve at least level A2.2 / B1.1 GER (in Galician B1.1 / B1.2 GER). Students who can prove their previous knowledge through a placement test carried out by the Central Language Center complete three consecutive practical language modules based on their respective entry level. The practical language training in the main language and a second Romance language is supplemented by further practical language courses in one of three variants. Basic knowledge of Latin or a third Romance language (French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan or Galician) can be acquired. As a third variant, it is finally possible to deepen knowledge in the second Romance language (with the exception of Catalan and Galician) at least up to level B1.2 / B2.1 GER.


The master’s course comprises modules from the fields of study: literary studies, language acquisition and complementary areas.

The main language to be completed can be selected, depending on the language certificate provided (see admission requirements). French, Spanish, and Italian are all options.

As part of the complementary area, additional modules from the courses offered by the Institute for Romance Philology or modules from related areas can be completed.

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 (LP) for each module or each 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

Literary studies

module Systematic literary studies
module Historical literary studies (older literature)
module Historical literary studies (modern literature)

Language acquisition: main language (one language has to be chosen)

a) French (advanced and master's module)
b) Italian (advanced and master's module)
c) Spanish (advanced and master's module)

Language acquisition: Second Romance language (one language must be chosen, whereby three consecutive modules are completed based on the entry level)

a) French
b) Italian
c) Spanish
d) Portuguese
e) Catalan
f) Galician

Language acquisition: Latin, third Romance language or deepening of the second Romance language (one variant is to be chosen)

Variant 1: Latin
module Basic knowledge of the Latin language
Variant 2: Third Romance language (one language must be selected, whereby two consecutive modules are completed based on the entry level)

a) French
b) Italian
c) Spanish
d) Portuguese
e) Catalan
f) Galician

Variant 3: Consolidation of the second Romance language (one language must be chosen, whereby two further consecutive modules are completed based on the entry level)

a) French
b) Italian
c) Spanish
d) Portuguese



To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or other equivalent university degree with a proportion of Romance philology of at least 60 CP,
  • Proof of language proficiency in French, Italian or Spanish (level B2 GER or equivalent),
  • Proof of language proficiency in English (level B2 GER or equivalent).


Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

In the master’s course, students are prepared for a scientific career as well as for professional activities outside of research-oriented contexts, for example in the fields of culture and education, in the field of journalism, press and public relations, project management, European and non-European communication, the European and non-European cultural exchanges or in related fields of activity at home and abroad.


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