Master of Arts
German and Comparative Literature

German and Comparative Literature

In the bi-national degree program German and Comparative Literature, students study two subjects at two excellent universities, benefiting from an ideal setting to acquire competences in literature and cultural studies. The degree program covers content and methods of German Studies as well as comparative literature and cultural studies, with a main focus on literature and its transnational, intercultural and cross-media interconnections. Hence, this program goes beyond the more narrow scope of pure literary analysis and individual philologies.

The dual content focus of this master's degree program is also reflected in its bi-national composition, which includes academic stays both at the University of Bonn and the partner university in St. Andrews. Students are thus given the unique opportunity to build on their theoretical knowledge with practical first-hand experience in two academic cultures and countries. Graduates of the program earn a German-Scottish double Master of Arts/ Master of Letters degree offering manifold professional prospects in Germany and abroad.


Possible lines of work:

Education (adult education, language courses, educational institutes, etc.), book industry (publishing/libraries/translating/editing), culture (cultural institutions, embassies, exhibitions, etc.), media (press, radio, television, on-line media, journalism, public relations), administration (international relations, e.g. diplomatic service, international organizations), academia (research management, teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.)

Open admission
Master of Arts
4 Semester
Winter semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline

German language proficiency (DSH level 2, CEFR level C1, as per DSH exam. regulations)

English language proficiency (CEFR level C1

Knowledge of one of the following languages: French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian (language proficiency CEFR level B2)

Minimum grade of 2.5 or local equivalent

Modules worth at least 60 ECTS credits in Comparative Literature, German Studies or a related field.

Specific modules: Introduction to Comparative Text Analysis (12 ECTS credits) | Literary Foreign Language Proficiency (12 ECTS credits) | History of Modern European Literature (24 ECTS)

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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