Comparative Literature (Master)

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The master’s programme in Comparative Literature focuses on the correlations and transfer between the literatures of the “great” Western languages (English, Romance languages, German), the connection between comparative literature and social history of literature, as well as the relations between literature and other media. 

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 870

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

Students acquire the necessary competences for independent research on literary transfer, carrying out studies on the reception of specific authors and the influence of stylistic trends, and develop the ability to assess translations of literature in view of the historical conditions under which they were made.

The emphasis on the relations between literature and other media focuses on screen adaptations and the role of literature in new media.

In the area of social history of literature, the master’s programme deals with the historical requirements and conditions for promoting literary works.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Social history
  • Correlations
  • Media
  • Screen adaptation
  • New media



 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational areas:

  • academic work at universities and in non-university environments (foreign institutions, adult education)
  • managing or participating in research projects
  • book trade and publishing, e.g. planning and editing
  • libraries and archives
  • participation in editorial teams of various media and in culture journalism
  • cultural management and international cultural transfer (exhibitions, readings,...)
  • consulting and development activities in the cultural sector (e.g. theatre dramaturgy, cultural politics).

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

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Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

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