36 months
1474 EUR/year
1474 EUR/year
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Those who have completed the Literary Studies study program are equipped to engage in depth with current research issues in all literatures taught at the University of Zurich.


They focus at Literary Studies at University of Zurich is developing their own research profile in the literature of a specific language or across languages. The program gives research-relevant, contemporary but practical insights into the aesthetic and epistemological potential of literature.

  • It places particular emphasis on research in intermediality and literature as a form of cultural analysis and history of knowledge. Those who complete the program are able to conduct research projects autonomously and write scholarly texts of a variety of genres.

Branch of studies

Art history, Central Asian studies, Classical Philology, Communication and media studies, Comparative literature, East Asian studies, English languages and literatures, French language and literature, German language and literature, Ibero-Romance languages and literatures, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Italian language and literature, Musicology, Nordic languages and literatures, Philosophy, Rhaeto-Romanic language and literature, Science of Religion, Slavonic languages and literatures, Social and Cultural Anthropology, South Asian Studies / Indian studies, Theatre, dance and film studies, Theology

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Alterity in Pre-Modernity
  • Analysis of Contemporary Texts
  • Languages
  • Historical Mediality
  • Critical Debates
  • Language Skills
  • Art History

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s diploma or a degree that is at least equivalent from a state-accredited university.
  • Credits for any transferred coursework must also have been acquired at a state-accredited university.
  • The degree program must last at least three years (of regular full-time study: 180 ECTS credits or equivalent workload).
  • The diploma must be state-accredited (no equivalency certificates or university-internal confirmations of the successful completion of interim sections).
  • The diploma must grant entitlement to undertake a consecutive Master’s program at a state-accredited university in the relevant country.
  • You must fulfill the requirements of the Master’s study program in question; in other words, you must have the knowledge and skills required for the Master’s study program. 
  • These requirements are set on the basis of the quality, content and scope of, and the level of skills imparted in, one or more Bachelor’s degree programs at the University of Zurich.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1474 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 737 EUR per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    1474 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 737 EUR per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for Zürich

1920 - 2572 CHF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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