The binational course in German and Comparative Literature enables students to ideally acquire literary and cultural studies competence by studying two subjects at two excellent universities: On the one hand, the content and methods of German studies are taught. On the other hand, the students deal with comparative literature and cultural studies (comparative literature), which primarily focuses on literature (s) in their transnational, intercultural and intermedial contexts. The course thus goes beyond literary analysis in the narrower sense and the horizon of individual philologies.

The dual content orientation of the master’s course is also reflected in the binational course structure, which provides for study visits both at the University of Bonn and at the partner university in St Andrews. This gives the students the unique opportunity to get to know two specialist cultures and two countries up close and to supplement their theoretical knowledge with practical experience. Graduates receive the German-Scottish double degree Master of Arts / Master of Letters, which opens up diverse career prospects at home and abroad.

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 C1)
  • Language skills in one of the following languages: French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian (language level GeR B2)
  • Minimum grade 2.5 or country-specific equivalent
  • Modules from the subject comparative literature, German studies or a related subject with a volume of at least 60 ECTS Specific modules: 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 (cultural institutions, embassies, 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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