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Applied Literary Studies - Contemporary Literature

- Master´s programs

Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature
Dr. Dorothee Risse, Dr. Johanna Bundschuh-van Duikeren
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin
(030) 838-72329, (030) 838-60567

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

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 20 credit points in literary studies.

Preference will be given to applicants who have relevant work experience of at least 6 months and/or international experience.

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 program combines contemporary literary studies with practical skills for those who seek a career in the publishing industry, in the promotion of literature, in cultural administration or literature criticism. With a transnational perspective on texts and markets, the program is designed as a response to changing parameters of the global cultural industry. Students will critically examine and interpret the differences, similarities and cross-border transfer of narratives, genres and theoretical discourses and will reflect on the determining factors of the production and reception of literature in national and international book markets. A range of modules is aimed at gaining hands-on skills and experience in the fields of book publishing, journalism, the promotion and marketing of literature and project management in the cultural sector. Students will develop a deeper understanding of institutional, esthetic and economic aspects of contemporary literary production and reception. The program brings together the expertise of professionals from the German literary field and researchers from the modern language departments of FU Berlin.

1st Semester Admissions
Restricted admission
Admission for Higher Semesters
Unrestricted admission
Program Start
Winter semester
Master of Arts (M.A.)
4 semesters
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