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,
|Degree||Master of Arts|
|Programme start||Winter semester & Summer semester|
|Period of study||4 semesters|
|Application period||27.05. - 15.7. | 3.12. - 15.1.|
Why study Literature (Konstanz Master School of Literary Studies) at Konstanz?
This new master’s programme is particularly notable for its combination of interdisciplinary studies and in-depth specialisation. You will not only deepen your chosen language focus, but can also benefit from mutual reflections on literary studies together with fellow students who are pursuing other fields of focus. The programme is conceived in a way that enables our students to be in contact with each other from the very start to the end of their studies. In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to take part in an integrated period of study abroad, or an integrated practical semester. The department also offers an internship pool for this option.
Prospects and opportunities
Graduates have access to a great variety of professional activities. Typical work areas include:
- World of literature (e.g. with publishers, houses of literature, libraries, documentation centres)
- Media (e.g. newspapers, radio, TV, online magazines)
- Press and public relations, marketing and advertising
- Cultural sector (e.g. Goethe Institutes, adult education, theatre)
If you gain a sufficiently high final grade you will qualify to continue for a doctorate. The department offers a structured doctoral study programme as well as DFG Research Training Groups.
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Winter semester & Summer semester
The framework module Master School 1 "Theory" (54 ECTS-credits) is composed of master-level lectures on cultural theory as well as literature, art and media theory. The framework module Master School 2 "Interdisciplinary Perspectives" (66 ECTS-credits) includes master-level colloquia and an impulse seminar, which usually is run in cooperation with an international visiting scholar. Particularly in this 2nd module the interdisciplinary dialogue between the students is promoted.
The foreign language specialisation modules are all identically structured and organised. They each consist of one module that focuses on literary texts and gaining critical access to them, plus an additional module that takes a closer look at the cultural, historical and media etc. contexts surrounding these texts. These two central modules are complemented by a language skills module (in the language of the chosen area of specialisation) as well as a stay-abroad module. In individual cases, in-depth studies in a specific subject at the University of Konstanz can replace the stay-abroad module. In the case of German Literature there are similar modules to those in the foreign language sections with modules focussing on the texts and contexts, in-depth specialisation or a stay-abroad module. However, the practical language module is replaced by a module focussing on vocational orientation. This module offers key qualification courses in specialist areas.
Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).
Internship and study abroad
You can integrate a 3-6 month internship into your studies. The Department of Literature runs an internship database listing current offers, addresses of potential internship positions and reports of former interns.
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+ program as well as numerous other universities worldwide.
What interests and skills should I have?
You have gained an above-average bachelor’s degree in literary studies and are acquainted with the relevant literary and cultural science methods and texts. Your choice for your specialisation area is not dependent on the philological field of your first degree. In addition to this, you have very good communication skills in German as well as in the other language you have studied.
Foreign language skills
- For the areas of specialisation English Literature and Culture, French Literature, Italian Literature, 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 area of specialisation.
- For the area of specialisation Slavic Literatures: Slavic language skills level C1 of the CEFR.
- For the area of specialisation Latin Literature: qualification in Latin (Latinum).
German language skills
International applicants additionally need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent.
Language(s) of instruction
German and the language of the chosen area of specialisation.
- 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).
German language skills: International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills.
For details, please see the admission regulations.
All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.
Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.
Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.
Application and application documents
This study programme has no admission restrictions.
An application is possible during the following period: 27.05. - 15.7. (winter semester) and 3.12. - 15.1. (summer semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.
Please attach the following documents to your application:
- Application for admission;
- 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).
Important note: Please note the information provided under the tab "Admission requirements".
International applicants please also provide:
- Documentation of German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent
- applicants from China: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Beijing;
- applicants from Mongolia: APS-certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Ulan Bator;
- applicants from Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Hanoi.