Master in Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Thought

> LANGUAGE: Catalan or Spanish (depending on the subject)
1 academic year full time, 2 academic years part time (60 ECTS credits)
> CALENDAR: From September to June | TIMETABLE: Afternoon schedule
> TUITION FEE: UE students: € 3,301.8 | Non UE students: € 4,639.8
Research and Academic | DOCTORAL STUDIES TO WHICH IT GRANTS ACCESS: Phd in Humanities  
Department of Humanities and University Institute of Culture

This master offers two registration fee grants worth 2,000 € each for the 2016-2017 academic year

The programme has been under the academic direction of Professor Eugenio Trias since its first edition. Participating teaching staff have included Hans Belting, Michael Jakob, Román Gubern, Anne-Christine Taylor, Camila Loew, John Stewart, Robert R. Williams, Bernardo Nante and Corrado Bologna, among others.


The master's programme in Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Thought is a multidisciplinary programme that aims to underscore the relationships between the arts and between various cultural discourses from both a contemporary and historical perspective. Students must choose a primary and secondary field of study from amongst the three possible specializations - literature, art and thought - in order to gain specialized knowledge in their preferred field while at the same time developing a cross-disciplinary point of view.

The programme provides students with the tools for reflection, analysis and interpretation used in advanced humanistic training to understand the complexity of the cultural phenomena of our time. Students may choose between a research-oriented course, designed to prepare them for subsequent doctoral studies, and an academic one, which covers a broad range of theoretical and practical knowledge that, in addition to supplementing their earlier academic training, has various possible applications in the field of cultural management and production.


The master's programme in Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Thought aims to help students develop the ability to apply theoretical and practical knowledge to the study of both literary and philosophical works and visual art and images.

Who is it for?

Candidates should be intellectually curious, academically rigorous and able to establish relationships between various fields of knowledge. From an intellectually open-minded vantage point, they must be willing and eager to apply their independent learning skills and educational backgrounds to any of the fields covered by the programme with a view to studying in depth the interrelationships and processes responsible for the fertile complexity of contemporary culture.


  • Comparative Literature
  • Art
  • Thought


The master is structured in a module of 20 ECTS credits of mandatory subjects, which include the three specialization areas in the master (Art, Literature and Thought) and a subject of introduction to research, a 25-credit module of optative subjects to be choosen among those offered every academic year, and the Master's Final Project, worth 15 credits. 


All subjects are worth 5 ECTS credits

Compulsory specialization subjects

Students must take three compulsory specialization subjects and a methodological subject.

  • Introduction to Comparative Literature
  • Art Theory
  • Introduction to Contemporary Thought
  • Introduction to Doctoral Research
Optional subjects

There are 45 optional subjects, of which only some are offered each academic year. All subjects are worth 5 ECTS credits.

  • Advanced Topics in Philosophy
  • Aesthetics and Religion
  • Aesthetics of Music
  • Architecture and the City
  • Art and the Avant-gardes
  • Art and Expression
  • Art and Nature
  • Art, Literature and Philosophy
  • Film Language
  • Versions of Myth
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • History of Philosophy
  • History of Religion
  • Image and Text
  • Models of Interpretation and Criticism of Visual Discourses
  • Linguistics and Discourse Analysis
  • The Literary System and the Cultural System
  • Literary Theory
  • Literature and Memory
  • Literature and Travel
  • Literature and the Visual Arts
  • New Audiovisual Discourses
  • Philological Edition
  • Philosophy of the Human Condition
  • Poetics of Literary Genres
  • Politics and Literature
  • Political and Philosophical Thought
  • Postcolonial and Multicultural Studies
  • Subjectivity in Literary DiscourseScience, Technology and Humanities
  • The Construction of Literary Traditions
  • The Literary Canon
  • The Literature of ArtTheories of Reading
  • Thought and Philosophy in the East and West
  • Translation and Reception
  • Trends in Contemporary Art
  • Western and Non-Western Art

Master's Degree Final Project 

The Master's Degree Final Project is mandatory and has a course load of 15 ECTS credits.

Knowledge, skills and competences acquired

  • Ability to analyse, draw connections between and synthesize knowledge areas in the fields of literature, art and philosophy.
  • Ability to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective of the humanities.
  • Understanding of the complexity of contemporary cultural phenomena.
  • Acquisition of the necessary broad-based knowledge to successfully undertake projects in the field of cultural management.

Career prospects

Research, teaching, cultural management, content documentation, publishing, literary consultancy, proofreading and copy-editing, literary criticism, art criticism, cultural journalism, exhibition coordination, cultural tourism, etc.

Scholarships and grants

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