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General and Comparative Literature

- Master´s programs

Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature
Dr. David Wachter, Clara Plantiko
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin

For admittance to the master’s program applicants need to fulfill the following admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 60 credit points in literary studies or equivalent.

  • Proof of language skills in English (level B2 CEFR).

  • Proof of language skills in another modern language, especially French, Spanish, Italian, or Russian (level B2 CEFR), or in Latin or Greek.

The DSH - or German Language University Entrance Exam for Foreign Students - is obligatory for all applicants whose first language is not German and who have earned their initial degree from a university (or equivalent institution) where the language of instruction is not German.

Students do not pay any tuition fees, the university only charges semester fees and contributions each semester.

The master’s program in general and comparative literature is concerned with the history and poetics of European literatures from the early modern period onward, including their ancient foundations. The scope of the program covers both the systematic study of poetry and aesthetic issues (textual structures, poetic/rhetorical techniques) as well as historical-evolutionary topics (literary/cultural eras, genre and style history). Literature is studied in its historical context and in the context of other arts and media. The history of knowledge is another key area of inquiry. Students will acquire the ability to critically evaluate current literary research.

1st Semester Admissions
Unrestricted admission
Admission for Higher Semesters
Unrestricted admission (for 3rd semester for winter semester, for 2nd and 4th semester for summer semester)
Program Start
Winter and summer semester
Master of Arts (M.A.)
4 semesters
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