Literature – Master of Arts


Postgraduate study programme which requires a first university degree. For this, the University of Konstanz offers the following bachelor's programmes: German Literature, British and American Studies, French Studies, Italian Studies, Spanish Studies and Slavistics-Literature.

The Konstanz Master's School of Literary Studies (in German) is designed for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in literature. The programme structure offers a unique combination of interdisciplinary philological modules concerning general literary studies with modules focusing on specialist philological subjects. You can study the MA in literature with the following main areas:

  • English Literature and Culture
  • French Literature
  • German Studies
  • Iberian and Ibero-American Studies
  • Italian Studies,
  • Latin Studies,
  • Slavistics
The master’s programme offers the choice between an integrated semester abroad, an integrated 3 to 6-month internship, or advanced specialisation at the University of Konstanz. The study programme is offered in cooperation with partner universities abroad.


DegreeMaster of Arts
Programme startWinter semester & Summer semester
Language(s)Deutsch | Englisch
Period of study4 semesters
Application deadline17.5. - 15.7. | Mitte November - 15.1.
Admission restrictionsno

Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Graduates have access to a great variety of professional activities. Depending on your personal profile you will have career possibilities in fields such as publishing, in cultural institutions (theatres, museums, archives), in communications and marketing, or in the media and journalism. With a suitably good master’s degree you will also be qualified to continue studying for a doctorate. The department (in German) offers a structured doctoral programme as well as DFG Research Training Groups.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

The master's school’s Frame Module 1 – Theory (54 ECTS credits) consists of lectures on cultural theory as well as on the theory of literature, art, and media. The master's school’s Frame Module 2 – Interdisciplinary Perspectives (66 ECTS credits) offers colloquia and an impulse seminar which is usually offered in collaboration with an international visiting academic. Interdisciplinary dialogue amongst the students is fostered particularly in module 2.

The foreign-language main areas are all organised with identical structures. Each consists of a module that focuses on literary texts and methods of accessing them, plus an additional module in which you explore the surrounding contexts (cultural, historical, media etc.). These two central modules are complemented by a practical language module, in the language chosen for the main area, and a module abroad. If required, the module abroad can be replaced by advanced specialisation at the University of Konstanz. The main area 'German Studies' is structured in the same way as the foreign–language main areas with modules on the texts and contexts, as well as advanced specialisation or a module abroad. However, the practical language module is replaced by a vocational orientation module offering key qualifications for our master’s students.

Additional information about the programme structure is available at the exam regulations (in German).

Internship and abroad


You can integrate a 3 to 6-month internship into your master’s programme. Together with the Departments of History and Sociology, the Department of Literature offers you an Internship Database with current internship offers and addresses for potential placements, as well as experience reports of former interns.

Study abroad

Master students can integrate a semester abroad into their studies. The department collaborates closely with international institutions of higher education. For the focus areas of study Iberian and Ibero-American Studies as well as Italian Studies, the cooperation partners are the Instituto Estudios Avancados of the Universidad de Santiago, Chile and the Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy. In addition to this you can study at our partner universities within the framework of the European ERASMUS programme as well as numerous other universities worldwide.

Why study Literature at Konstanz?

A particular highlight of this new master’s programme is the special combination of interdisciplinarity and advanced specialist studies. You deepen your knowledge in the chosen main area language and benefit from the mutual focus on literary studies you and your co-students from other main areas have. The study programme has been conceived to ensure that you will remain in contact with your fellow students throughout your studies, from the very start through to graduation. You also have the opportunity of an integrated period of study abroad or alternatively an integrated semester of practical experience. With this in mind, the department also offers an internship database. The Department of Literature has also developed an innovative practice and skills-oriented examination system for this master’s programme. The module papers form the core of this concept. Whilst their themes are taken from a particular course, the papers should also reflect the broader contents and targeted skills of the respective module. This method gives you the opportunity to devote your attention to a particular theme and to explore it in greater depth. As a result, the module papers provide you with an ideal, solid preparation for your master’s thesis.

What interests and skills should I have?

You have already completed a bachelor’s degree in literature with an above average grade, and you are acquainted with the relevant methods and theories for approaching literary and cultural studies. In addition to this, you are able to express yourself very well in German as well as in the foreign language you have already studied. Your main area of choice is not dependent on the philological emphasis of your bachelor’s degree.

Language skills

Teaching language and language(s) of instruction

Teaching language is German.

Admission requirements

German Applicants:

  • Above-average degree of a three-year (or more) programme in the field of Literary Studies from an institution of higher education or Berufsakademie
  • For the focus areas English Literature and Culture, French Literature, Italian Studies, Iberian and Ibero-American Studies: language skills level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in the corresponding language of the focus area.
  • For the focus area Slavic Studies: Slavic language skills level C1 of the CEFR.
  • For the focus area Latin Studies: qualification in Latin (Latinum).

International applicants: documentation of German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent.


This study programme has no admission restrictions.

Application documents

Please provide:

  • Application for admission, please attach a passport photo
  • Documentation of your academic degree including details on course work and performance. If you have not received your degree certificate by the end of the application deadline, please attach documentation of all your examination results so far;
  • Current certificate of enrolment or proof of exmatriculation, if applicable (if you have studied at a German university, please indicate your 'Fachsemester’ and ‘Hochschulsemester’).
  • Documentation of your language skills level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

International applicants please also provide:

  • Additional questionnaire for international students
  • Documentation of German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent


study programme begins in the winter semester and in the summer

semester. Application deadlines are 15 July and 15 January. There may be

other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester

(for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). Please

check the university website for more information.