The subject of comparative studies is literature in its transnational, intercultural and intermedial contexts. The subject deals with processes of cultural creation of meaning that cannot be adequately captured in the horizon of individual philologies, but also in the context of a purely literary analysis. The crossing of linguistic, cultural and disciplinary boundaries is an essential feature of comparative work.

The comparative literature master’s course imparts historical-philological knowledge and introduces the subject's traditional, subject, problem and genre-historical issues. In addition, he opens up innovative fields of work in the field of cultural and media studies as well as comparative arts. Students gain insight into cultural and media globalization processes and thus acquire skills that are indispensable for an activity in the increasingly international cultural industry, but also in other professional fields.

On the basis of a solid theoretical education, the students can contribute their interests and sharpen their own profile by choosing the foreign language (s) to be learned, by a stay abroad or by the methodological orientation.

Entry Requirement


  • Examination regulations (legally binding information)
  • University degree (domestic or foreign) in a relevant subject
  • German language skills (language level GeR C1)
  • English skills (language level GeR B2)
  • Knowledge of another modern foreign language (language level GeR B2) or Latin (Latinum) or Greek (Graecum)
  • Minimum grade 3.0 or country-specific equivalent
  • Modules from the subject of comparative studies with a volume of at least 60 ECTS Specific modules (at least 36 ECTS in total): Basics of comparative text analysis (12 ECTS) | Literary foreign language skills (12 ECTS) | European History of Modern Literature (24 ECTS)

Career Prospects

Education (adult education, language courses, educational works, etc.), books (publishing / library / translation / editing), culture (embassies, cultural institutes, exhibitions, etc.), media (press, radio, television, online media, journalism, Public relations), administration (international relations, e.g. diplomatic service, international organizations), science (science management, teaching / research at universities, research institutions, etc.)

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