German and Comparative Literature (Double Degree)
Binational Study Programme

The applications for 2024 entry are now open until June 28th

Studying in Bonn und St Andrews 

Please find a German version of the website here:

The primary aim of the joint degree is to provide students with interdisciplinary expertise in literary and cultural studies. It combines two subjects in a unique way: contents and methods of German and Comparative Literature are explored both in equal measure and in their interrelation.

This two-fold orientation is reflected in the binational programme structure: spending one year at the University of Bonn and one at the University of St Andrews, students gain a profound insight in two academic cultures, two countries and two languages, combining their theoretical knowledge with practical experience. The programme is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) that grants up to six scholarships per year.


Degrees: Master of Arts (M.A.) & Master of Letters (MLitt)

Start Date: Winter Term (at the University of Bonn)

Duration: Two years full time (four semesters)

End Date: May / End of candlemas semester (at the University of St Andrews)

When to apply: From 6 May 2024 to 28 June 2024

For further information on the application process please visit the website of the Faculty of Arts.

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The First Year in Bonn (60 ECTS)

  • Two modules of Comparative Literature
  • Two modules of German Studies (with at least one module on Modern Literatures)

The module pool provides a variety of optional modules covering a wide range of topics from medieval texts to current trends in German literature. For more details of each module please see the Module Catalogue (in German language).

The Second Year in St Andrews (60 ECTS)

  • Modules ‚Comparative Methodologies and Research Skills 1‘ and ‚German Literary and Cultural Contexts: Turning Points‘ (in individual cases and in consultation with the programme coordinators in Bonn and St Andrews, the latter might be replaced with selected modules of the School of Modern Languages or the School of English.)
  • Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Entry Requirements:

  • A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree (2.5 or above according to the German grading scale) in German Studies, Comparative Literature or a related subject with modules in comparative text analysis (12 ECTS), literary foreign language proficiency (12 ECTS) and history of Modern European literature (24 ECTS).
  • Applicants who won't obtain their first degree until the semester of application may apply with a minimum of 132 ECTS points and a classification of 2.3 or above according to the German scale (or local equivalent). In addition a proof of registration of their Bachelor's thesis or an equivalent thesis is to be submitted.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken German (DSH2 level or CEFR level C1), English (CEFR C1 level) and basic knowledge (CEFR level B2) of another modern language

Admission Requirements:

  • CV
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates (proof of registration of B.A. thesis, if applicable)
  • certificates showing appropriate competence in English and German
  • letter of intent in German or English to the German coordinators (to be uploaded when applying online as well as to be sent via mail to

Please be aware that incomplete applications (e.g. those without a letter of intent) cannot be considered!

The German Academic Exchange Service awards up to six scholarships for German applicants (or those cosidered equivalent, cf. the DAAD FAQ 'Wer kann sich für ein Stipendium bewerben?') for the time in St Andrews. Also, Strategic Partner Home Fee Scholarships are offered to all EU students in this course of study. These will cover the difference between overseas and home fees.

For the best application with a degree from a British university, the University of St Andrews will award the Malcolm Humble Scholarship of £4,500 for the stay in St Andrews (subject to further funding).

Gemeinsame Berufung für Prof. Dr. Christian Moser (Bonn) und Prof. Seán Allan (St Andrews)

Die Joint Research Professorships der Universität Bonn und der University of St Andrews sind angelaufen.

DAAD: German and Comparative Literature als Vorzeigeprojekt

Prof. Seán Allan zu DAAD-Tagung eingeladen.

Links and Documents

Via BASIS you can access the Course Catalogue with all modules and courses being offered in the respective semester. The Module Booklet contains detailed information on the contents, study objectives and entry requirements for the available modules. The Examination Regulations list all legally binding regulations on coursework and exams.

Future Careers


Student Counselling

General enquiries:

Programme Coordination:

Matthias Beckonert

Phone: +49 228 73 82071


See as well

School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews

Department of Comparative Literature

The Library of the Philologies

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