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Comparative Literature (M.A.)


Literature, culture, media - broad and interdisciplinary: With a selection of courses from the subjects of literary and cultural studies, the Master's programme in Comparative Literature offers a comprehensive specialist overview of literary and cultural phenomena. In addition to the teaching of theoretical basics, practical seminars and excursions complement the internationally oriented degree programme, which qualifies students for many professions in the fields of literature and cultural mediation as well as in academia.

Comparative Literature
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of studies:
4 semesters
Start of studies:
summer and winter term
Language of the programme:
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Comparative literature is the science of literature in its international and interdisciplinary relations. As general literary studies , comparative literature deals with fundamental questions of literary theory, methodology, poetics and intertextuality. As comparative literature , it deals with the totality of formal, historical and thematic relationships between works from different time, language and cultural areas. It also focuses on the interaction between literature and the other arts, between literature and media, as well as between literature and philosophy, natural science, politics and religion.

The Department for Comparative Literature in Göttingen has a mutually fruitful exchange and complementary relationship with the individual philologies and the historical, media, art and cultural sciences. It moves in the transitional and contact zones of many individual subjects of the spectrum of literature, art, media, history and cultural studies. In doing so, it takes up and expands their insights and questions. At the same time, the comparative perspective opens up stimulating and innovative points of view for the study of national literatures and the individual arts.

Comparative Literature in Göttingen is a joint interdisciplinary course offered by the philologies as well as other subjects from the spectrum of the arts, cultural studies and history. The subject is designed as a teaching network. The activities of the comparative courses of the professors with a minor in comparative literature and the courses of the coordinator of the degree programme as well as the interdisciplinary lecture series and conferences for young academics form a central component of the study programme.

The Master's programme in Comparative Literature with the degree "Master of Arts" (M.A.) prepares students for jobs in publishing, international cultural exchange, cultural management, educational institutions and journalism, but also qualifies them for academic careers at universities, research institutions and archives.

Our practice-oriented cooperations with regional and supra-regional institutions (LitLog, the Literary Centre Göttingen) and our guest lectureships provide an insight into professional fields suitable for comparatists.

Consecutive programmes

Consecutive/graduate programmes


This degree programme can be studied in 3 different profiles.

  • Single Honours MA totalling 78 credits (Mono-master)
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with one module package (minor) totalling 36 credits
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with two module packages (minors) totalling 18 credits each

You can apply for one study profile.

1. - 4. Semester

4. Semester

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Previous studies:

  • B.A. degree or comparable degree
  • at least 150 Credits at the time of application
  • Subject-related relevance of the previous studies:
    • Proof of achievements in general and comparative literature (comparative literature) or in a single philology amounting to at least 45 credits, including achievements in the field of literary studies amounting to at least 17 credits.

Language requirements:

  • Reading ability in two modern foreign languages, one of which must be English or French, at level B1 of the CEFR.
  • as far as sufficient knowledge of the Latin or Greek language is proven by the Minor Latinum or Graecum, knowledge of only one modern foreign language has to be proven.
  • If your native language is not German, you must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the German language at level C1.


Study and examination advice Faculty of Humanities

Tina Seufer and Eva Wolff

Humboldtallee 17
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 21888 (Seufer)
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26713 (Wolff)



Academic Advising

PD Dr. Katerina Kroucheva

Department for Comparative Literature

Humboldtallee 32
Room 2.106
37073 Göttingen

Phone: 0551/39-23188



Questions regarding applications

Snezana Weber M.A.

Humboldtallee 17
Room 1.110 (1st floor)
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26717
Fax: +49 (0)551 39 4010