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Romance Studies (MA)

What is the degree programme about?

Romance Studies combines two branches of Romance studies (choice between French Romance studies, Italian Romance studies and Iberian studies) and considers them from an interdisciplinary, comparative perspective. In a time of globalisation, new professions are developing which require thinking in transnational contexts, understanding and comparing different languages and cultures and researching cultural transfer.

Over the course of this degree programme, students gain further knowledge of the theory of literary, linguistic and cultural exchange in Romance cultures, along with the ability to analyse such processes in history and in the present.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

The degree programme is aimed at graduates of Bachelor's degree programmes with Romance studies (French Romance studies, Italian Romance studies or Iberian studies) who are interested in expanding their language and cultural skills to include other Romance languages and cultures, and spending more time investigating research questions relating to cultural comparison and transcultural issues.

Modules and degree programme structure

The degree programme consists of:

  • Literary studies (2 modules)
  • Linguistics (2 modules)
  • A free elective module (1 module which can be chosen from any other philological Master's degree programme)
  • Language practice (3 or 4 modules)
  • A project module on cultural and language contact (1 module)
  • A compulsory elective module for specialisation (literary and cultural studies or linguistics)
  • A flexible range of language-learning options – in addition to your main language you study a second Romance language and may learn a third if you wish

Potential challenges

  • In addition to more in-depth study of academic disciplines, a strong element of practical language teaching forms a central part of the degree programme. If you are looking for a degree programme which focuses solely on language learning or which only concentrates on literary studies and linguistics, you will be disappointed.
  • Oral presentation of complex academic subjects and extensive written assignments on research topics take on a greater role than in Bachelor's degree programmes. You will therefore acquire and develop skills in independent research and the composition of critical texts.

Good to know

Do I need to have a strong command of two Romance languages before I start the degree programme?

No, it is sufficient for you to have a strong command of one of the three languages – French, Italian or Spanish – you can improve your knowledge of the second language over the course of the Master's degree programme.

Can I choose between literary studies and linguistics?

You must study both disciplines in the first part of the degree programme but you can choose to specialise in one of them in the second part and also write your Master's thesis on a topic from that discipline.

Is it possible to apply without a Bachelor's degree in a branch of Romance studies?

Yes, this is possible if a Romance language was an important part of your previous degree programme (e.g. translation studies, cultural area studies, intercultural communication, études transfrontalières). If this is the case, you will be invited for an interview to determine whether you are suited to the degree programme.

Is it possible to study abroad during the degree programme?

The degree programme structure is designed to accommodate an optional stay abroad during the third semester. The project module on cultural and language contact can be completed during this stay abroad where you carry out independent research. Language courses completed during this time can also be accredited.

Programme features

  • This degree programme offers students an opportunity for in-depth study of up to three Romance languages, approaching this from a comparative perspective considering the language, culture, and literature of Romance-speaking areas.
  • The project module allows students to work independently on a research topic and can also be completed during a stay abroad in a Romance-speaking country in the third semester.
  • Students can choose one elective module from any of the Master's degree programme subjects offered by the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology (literary studies, las Americas, linguistics, etc.)
Admission requirements
  • Completed Bachelor's degree (or equivalent)
  • Final grade in the previous degree of at least 'gut' (good – 2.5); applicants with a final grade 2.51 or worse must pass a selection interview
  • Language proficiency of level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) in the first Romance language
  • Language proficiency of at least level A2 (for Spanish and Italian) or B1 (for French) according to the CEFR in the second Roman language; applicants may reach this level by taking a course at FAU during the semester break before starting the degree programme
  • English language proficiency of at least level B1 according to the CEFR
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: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: yes
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology