The Master's in Literary and Linguistic Studies continues the philological and interdisciplinary approach of the eponymous Bachelor program. It offer both traditional subject-specific study and research opportunities as well as interdisciplinary components, that prepare students for modern disciplinarily linked research. The modules offered target the offers in the humanities and social sciences and the prospects of digitally processing information.The literature and language of either German, English and American Studies, French, or Spanish will be studied in detailed. Students have the opportunity to select a topic of focus. Modules are designed to be both flexible in content and scheduling.The intensive literary and linguistic studies are expanded through an interdisciplinary focus during the Master's program more than they are in Bachelor's program. Transdisciplinary modules were designed specifically for the course of study and fall under the research focuses Europe in the World, Cognition and Digital Humanities, and Theories and Methods, forming the core of the Master's program: How do collaboration and coexistence function beyond language and cultural borders in a globalized society? How can an individual cognitively master these linguistic and cultural challenges? And how can information and communication technologies be implemented in order to secure and process linguistic and cultural artifacts for future generations.

The Aachen Profile

This course of study takes advantage of that fact that it is housed in an excellent technical university. Students acquire knowledge from a broad spectrum of various disciplines of their choosing such as computer science, neurolinguistics, neuroscience, sociology, and the history of science. The Aachen course of study promotes examination of research-relevant questions from other disciplines but also with current events. The Department of Literary Studies, Linguistics, and Philosophy works closely together with the interdisicplinary.

Programme Structure


Core Area Specialization Area Interdisciplinary Area

Two of three topic areas:

  • Europe in the World
  • Cognition and Digital Humanities
  • Theories and Methods

Research and project colloquia - mandatory

One of four specializations:

  • English and American Studies
  • German and General Literary Studies
  • French
  • Spanish

Two of five subject perspectives:

  • History
  • Independent Study
  • Computer Science
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

Entry Requirement

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations
  • Proficiency in German poss. English, French, Spanish

Career Prospects

This course of study qualifies its graduates for all fields of work both in academia and beyond. Since graduates are experts with text, they are also able to assume responsibilities outside of academia. They are also capable of working in literature archives and documentation offices, tourism, and foreign language instruction.

This program qualifies its graduates for all fields of work requiring them to understand and compose texts. Thanks to its orientation towards foreign language, the course of study prepares its graduates for careers in all areas that require a fundamental and comprehensive knowledge of foreign language and culture. Graduates with a foreign language qualification profile possess written and oral language skills comparable to a native speaker. Translation works, extracurricular foreign language instructions, or work in tourism are examples of the variety of professional work open to graduates.

Graduates are not just specialists with regards to textual work. They are also generalists with regards to general skills. Their ability to conduct independent information processing, documentation, and research is sought after by many companies. The program's interdisciplinartiy prepares them for the flexible, project-related switch between different content. The distinct focus on methodological skills in combination with theoretical analysis can be used in diverse ways - particularly when work with and the evaluation and implementation of scientific studies are required.

If you have studied the computer science focus, you will also have prospects in language technology.

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