Faculty of Modern LanguagesClassical and Modern Literature – Master

Classical and Modern Literary Studies is a unique field of study: In interdisciplinary lectures, seminars and practice classes, the subject illustrates the major trends of Hebrew-Jewish, Greek-Latin as well as modern literary and cultural developments. 

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Arts
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman and the teaching languages of the special/supplementary field
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with access restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes
May be studied as a minor subjectYes

Course Content

The Master's degree programme in classical and modern literary studies deals with the theoretical and methodological reflection of literary connections between Greek and Roman antiquity, Christian-Jewish culture and the great national literatures of Europe. The aim is for students to have an overview of the major lines of Hebrew-Jewish, Greek-Latin and modern literature and culture development and the ability to confidently present and analyse them. Students acquire the specific skills of a classical-philological as well as of a modern philological education and can productively combine and apply them. In addition, the students are also able to compare and relate the various approaches and methods of the various philological disciplines.

Course Structure

In order to successfully complete the Master’s programme, students require a total of 120 credits, 70 of which are gained in courses of the major subject, 20 from courses in the minor subject and 30 are allocated to the Master's thesis. The Master’s programme in classical and modern literary studies can be studied as a major or a minor subject.  

The major subject is composed of three areas:  

In total  

  • 28 credits are awarded for "Focal area I" courses in classical philology (Latin studies), 
  • 28 credits are awarded for "Focal area II" courses in modern philology (students can choose from: English studies, Romance studies: French, German studies, comparative German studies, Romance studies: Spanish, Romance studies: Italian) 
  • 14 credits are awarded for "subsidiary area" courses in another philology (English studies, Romance studies: French, German studies, comparative German studies, Greek studies, Romance studies: Spanish, Romance studies: Italian, medieval and modern Latin philology or Slavic studies) or in Jewish studies. 

The minor subject is composed of two areas:  

In total  

  • 10 credits are awarded for "Focal area I" courses in classical philology (Greek or Latin studies)  
  • 10 credits are awarded for "Focal area II" courses in modern philology (students can choose from: English studies, Romance studies: French, German studies, comparative German studies, Romance studies: Spanish, Romance studies: Italian or Slavic studies), medieval and modern Latin philology or Jewish studies.