About the programme
GPA 2018: All applicants admitted  
Language: Danish | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


This programme is only offered in Danish.

Literature is a hit

Breathtaking excitement, heroes and fair maidens, tragedies, children’s books, family sagas and undying love – for thousands of years, literature has been one of the most dynamic forms of cultural expression. Literature enables us to challenge and expand our understanding of the world and create new ideas and realities.

The world of literature and world literature

Are you interested in literature, communication and language? As a comparative literature student, you work with the way language is used in world literature. We use language to create a sense of fellowship and to distinguish the differences from the way this is done in other cultures. This is achieved by using all the practical functions of language in stories and poetry. However, we can also use language to tell lies, and make ironic remarks, puns or nonsensical rhymes. Literature is a way for us to participate in the culture in which we live by using language – its imagery and aesthetics.

Cocktail of competences

The supplementary subject in comparative literature introduces you to basic areas of comparative literature, such as the history of literature, the history of literary criticism, literary theory, text analysis and communicating literature.

The supplementary subject thus not only makes you familiar with fundamental methodologies and competences within the analysis and theories of comparative literature, but also provides you with an opportunity to delve into selected literary and interdisciplinary topics of particular interest to you.

Admission to the Master’s degree in comparative literature

The supplementary subject in comparative literature, combined with two years of completed basic studies, qualifies you for admission to the Master’s degree programme in comparative literature.

Good questions

  • What impact did the Age of Enlightenment have on literary development?
  • How do you translate literature for film and TV?
  • What influence did Shakespeare have on contemporary society and why is he still read today?
  • At what period of literary history did literary criticism begin?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulation for the bachelor’s supplementary subject:


In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Structure bachelor

Student life

When your books are in use

In your studies of comparative literature, you attend a combination of lectures, presentations and discussions, seminars and guest lectures.

When your books are idle

The Department of Comparative Literature organises many activities that you can participate in:

  • Variant: A lecture association with 3–4 evening events per term, where critics, authors and other practising artists hold lectures.
  • Passage: A journal of literature and criticism, in which each issue deals with a special topic or author. In 2002, the Association of Danish Cultural Journals voted Passage the cultural journal of the year at the Forum book fair.
  • StandART: Denmark’s oldest book review journal, which was created at the department, but now has nationwide coverage.
  • Visir: A newspaper published by students at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, with articles on academic topics, fiction, a diary and list of activities at the barracks.

In addition, you can become involved in activities at the Student Committee and the Board of Studies, or participate in the many events, workshops, seminars and special theme days at the barracks and the university in general.

When your books are off limits

In addition to study activities, there are many social events held at the barracks.

  • Fæstetik: The Social Committee organises events for students of all subjects at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, including a spring party with a special theme, a Shrovetide celebration and a huge party in the Stakladen building for 350 guests.
  • A joint Friday bar with live music every Friday in the foyer of the KaserneSceneN (the barracks theatre).

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Job profile

Students with skills in comparative literature typically find work in the following five areas:

  • Teaching and communicating literature at upper secondary schools, folk high schools and higher education institutions. Working as research librarians or as employees involved with newspapers, trade journals, radio or television.
  • Publishing houses and editing work, as editors, writers, translators, publishers or consultants.
  • Marketing and public relations, as editors, copywriters, public relations officers or advertising consultants.
  • Cultural administration, as project managers, event organisers, media consultants or coordinators.
  • Communication work, as information offers, personnel consultants or system coordinators.

The employment area is vast. In recent years, new workplaces have been added and these draw on your broad knowledge and flexible qualifications. As a graduate, you are able to work independently and analytically and to adapt your linguistic and aesthetic creativity in inspiring collaboration with others.

Competence profile

The supplementary subject in comparative literature provides you with the following competences:

  • You are able to look at literature from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • You are able to get a general understanding of literary and aesthetic issues, and place them in the correct cultural context, both past and present.
  • You are able to work methodically, independently and critically with texts, and to adapt the methodology used to the nature of the text and the topic in question.