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Literary Studies – Intermedial and Intercultural (MA)

What is the degree programme about?

In Literary Studies you will learn the foundations and history of literary, cultural and media-related theories and methods as well as the current trends. The issues of intermediality (relationships between text and image, relationships between text and sound, digital literature, new media and popular literature/culture) are the subject of research-oriented discussions. You will also gain an insight into the dynamics of international literary and cultural relationships (interculturality and transculturality, globalisation/localisation, cultural transfer and translation).

Specific analysis of complex interrelated aspects of literature, culture and media history focuses on the combination of topics within the core subjects. Cultural and media-based phenomena from various areas of culture – such as anthropology and mediality, media ethics, book aesthetics, media change, visual cultures and iconography – are also investigated.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

Applicants require a completed Bachelor's degree (or equivalent), usually in one of the core subjects (American studies, German studies, Scandinavian studies, comparative studies or a branch of Romance studies – French, Spanish or Italian).

If the Bachelor's degree is not yet available at the time of application, but is expected to be completed in time before the start of the program, you may be admitted to the Master's program with reservations, provided that you can prove 140 ECTS already earned. For this purpose, please enclose your current Transcript of Records with your application documents. In this case, you must submit the Bachelor's transcript to the Master's office within one year.

Modules and degree programme structure

1st semester (30 ECTS)

  • Module 1: Interdisciplinary introduction to the topic area literature/culture/media
  • Module 2: Current theories of interculturality and intermediality
  • Module 3: Concrete analysis of mediality and culture

2nd semester (30 ECTS)

  • Module 4: Core subject: Intermedial/cross-cultural literary analysis
  • Module 5: Subject pool: Cultural/media analysis
  • Module 6: Language practice

3rd semester (30 ECTS)

  • Module 7: Subject pool: Cultural/media analysis
  • Module 8: Complementary studies: Intermedial/cross-cultural literary analysis
  • Module 9: Core subject: Intermedial/cross-cultural literary analysis

4th semester (30 ECTS)

  • Students write their Master's theses while attending a Master's thesis study group
Admission requirements
  • Applicants with a minimum grade of 'gut' (good – 2.5) in their previous degree qualify for admission; applicants with a lower average grade will be required to attend an individual admission interview.
  • Proof or proficiency in a modern foreign language (e.g. English, French, Spanish or Italian) at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Proof of German language proficiency (DSH-2 or TestDaF) if applicable. All international students must present this language proficiency certificate.
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Arts (MA)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German, other languages depending on core subject
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology