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Master's Degree in Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature

Universitat de Barcelona
Barcelona
Spanish
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Application deadline: 15 September 2020
Master's Degree in Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature

Program description

Master's Degree in Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature

The master's degree in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature offers studies in literature and in various areas of critical thinking. Students gain advanced training in the main trends in Literary Theory, in the most relevant current debates in this area of knowledge, and in the various methods for analysing and interpreting texts. With this training, students gain the skills required to create their own discourse on modernity and contemporaneity in literature and art.

The master's degree also provides advanced knowledge of the relationships between literature, philosophy and history, and the relationships between national literatures, to promote rigorous thinking on European cultural identity. An analysis of the birth, development and present situation of comparative literature promotes reflection on historical concepts, such as cosmopolitanism and citizenship in current debates on the idea of Europe.

The languages of instruction for this program are Catalan: 50%, Spanish: 50%.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

This master's degree is the logical continuation of the bachelor's degree in Literary Studies and the former pre-EHEA degree in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature. It is also open to applicants from other fields, such as Philology, Humanities, History and Philosophy. The general aim is to deepen knowledge gained during the bachelor's or pre-EHEA degree, to attain a high level of reflection on the theoretical, comparative, historical and critical principles behind current debates in the field of Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature. The field of reflection will be widened to include literary tradition, its crises and transformations, and all this knowledge will be set in motion with a critical approach.

A second objective that complements and is inseparable from the first is for students to specialize in areas of knowledge, depending on their interests. The specialization will be attained in an introduction to advanced research in the field of Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature, through materials proposed in the master's degree and through the conception, development, and defence of a research project supervised by a tutor. The research project can be used to gain admission to doctoral studies.

Career opportunities

One of the areas that graduates of the master's degree in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature could access is teaching: secondary school, upper secondary school, university and other academic and social institutions. The official master's degree also prepares students to enter the university research area.

Another career opportunity is cultural communication: collaboration in managing and programming activities organised by many institutions officially. In addition, the professional private sector is available, particularly in the cultural, museum and publishing industries.

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The University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, is a comprehensive higher education institution that presents deep academic tradition coupled with frontier scientific knowledge. It is located in the city of Barcelona, one of the main cosmopolitan hubs in the Mediterranean...


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Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
08007 Barcelona Catalunya
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