Fecha de aprobación:

 Master (ECTS)
 1st registration credits


Arts and Humanities






Faculty of Arts


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1. To prepare students for research in literary studies.

2. To provide students with a multi-disciplinary training in literary studies from the range of cultural contexts covered by the Master’s Degree, using a more advanced approach, methodology and development than on the first Degree.

3. To extend students' literary training in order to improve their competitiveness in the labour market and facilitate their entry into a specific labour environment (secondary and third level teaching), and to contribute towards the ongoing training of secondary school teachers.

4. To give students a theoretical and practical training that will develop their skills and proficiencies in digital text editing.



Type of subject


  Compulsory (OB)


  Optional (OP)


  Work experience (OB)


  Final project (OB)





The Master’s Degree in Literary Studies is structured into four modules:

Core module: General and specific methodology for the study of literature (compulsory): 24 credits. This module consists of two subjects, to be taken by all students for the Master’s Degree:

  • General methodology for the study of literary history: this theoretical-methodological subject is offered as an introduction to studies on the Master’s Degree. The aim is to complement the training received by students on their first Degree programme, offering a new, international focus on the aesthetic currents and major themes running through the history of the literatures included on the Master’s Degree programme. Accordingly, it offers students with first Degrees in language and literature (Spanish, English, French, etc.) a new perspective on literary studies, building on their previously-acquired knowledge and integrating and interrelating national and cultural environments to provide a more global vision.
  • Specific methodology (computer and literary tools for teaching, literary research and digital editing): The aim of this block is to provide students with the necessary literary resources for literary research (critical editing, bibliographical searches, databases, citation systems, etc.), along with current computer tools used in teaching and literary research.

Following the guidelines of the Bologna Accords, the Master's Degree in Literary Studies also has a professional focus, offering students the resources for future entry into the labour market, fundamentally in teaching and research but also with significant openings in the field of publishing, specifically digital text editing. Accordingly, and using the University of Alicante “Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library” project underway since 1999, the Master's Degree in Literary Studies offers specific training in digital text editing, undertaken at the end of the Master's Degree programme through compulsory work experience at the University of Alicante Digital Workshop (Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library).


Optional module: Literature in Spanish, English, French, Catalan, Arabic, Greek and Latin: 18 credits. This module, consisting of optional subjects, offers students the opportunity to design a specialist literary route, studying in greater depth the literatures forming the range of cultural and linguistic contexts that comprise the Master’s Degree and culminating in the Final Project. The contents of these subjects complete and extend knowledge acquired on the first Degree programme, going beyond its diachronic perspectives and proposing themes and methodologies aimed at channelling students’ research paths.

This module is wide-ranging and flexible, covering the literary traditions currently taught at the University of Alicante:

  • Spanish and Latin-American Literature (18 credits)
  • Literature in French (18 credits)
  • Arabic-Islamic literature (18 credits)
  • Classical literature (18 credits)

Each of these optional blocks is made up of six optional subjects, each worth 3 credits. Students are required to take a total of 18 credits, 12 of which should be taken from the same block. The remaining may be chosen freely from amongst the remaining blocks. Accordingly, students are offered the possibility of designing their own study itinerary.


Final project (compulsory): 12 credits. This practical and obligatory module consists of a single subject – research work on any of the subjects covered on the Master’s Degree programme. The aims of the research project are, firstly, the practical application of the specific research methodology acquired in the first block and, secondly, to orient students towards subsequent independent research. The research project will be carried out by students outside of class hours, and will be supervised by Master’s Degree programme staff.


Digital text editing work experience at the University of Alicante Digital Workshop (Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library): 6 credits. This compulsory module consists of the practical application of digital editing knowledge acquired in the specific methodology block. Students will undertake work experience in several aspects of the Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library digital editing process, as previous students have been doing on the Masters’ Degree programme since the 2007-2008 academic year. The agreement signed in 2009 between the Master's Degree in Literary Studies and the University of Alicante General Foundation (which is responsible for the Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library) covers both Master’s Degree students’ work experience and two scholarships for graduates (see attached file). These scholarships are currently held by two students from the first edition of the Master’s Degree programme.

The specific aims of this work experience are:

  • To introduce students to the use of the main tools and programmes used in the digitalisation of text and images (hand-held and desktop scanners, parameters for textual and image digitalisation, basics of optical character recognition, photo editing, etc., using Omnipage, Abyy, etc., Photoshop).
  • To introduce students to the use of the main tools and programmes used in the processing, correction and composition of texts (automation in text correcting, use of text processing programmes: Word).
  • To introduce students to the use of the main tools and programmes used in hypertext digital editing and metadata (Tiny HTML Editor, XMetal).

By means of these activities, students are expected to acquire the basic tools necessary for all aspects of digital editing projects, and to acquire proficiency in applying their literary knowledge to the field of professional text editing.






According to the Regulations of the University of Alicante, the following requirements must be complied to have access to official taught Master’s degrees:

  1. To be in possession of a SPANISH OFFICIAL GRADUATE DEGREE CERTIFICATE or other issued by an institution of higher education  within the EHEA (European Higher Education) that enables the holder to have access  to Master’s degrees in the issuing.
  2. To be in possession of an officially approved  FOREIGN HIGHER EDUCATION DEGREE CERTIFICATE that had been recognised as equal to the degree that allows access to the requested studies.
  3. To be in possession of a UNIVERSITY DEGREE CERTIFICATE obtained in a University or Higher Education Institution of COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE EHEA, without the prior approval of their studies. In this case, the following should be considered:
  • Non- recognised degree certificates shall require a technical report showing an equivalence statement issued by the University of Alicante (ContinUA – Continuing Education Centre), for which the corresponding fee should be paid.
  • Access through this way does under no circumstances imply prior official approval of the holder’s degree certificate, nor its recognition for purposes other than studying a master's degree.




1.     Admission Profile:

This Master’s Degree is primarily designed for Spanish or foreign students holding a higher qualification, diploma or degree preferably in Language and Literature (although other related areas will also be considered) who wish to acquire an officially recognised postgraduate degree aimed at training specialists in literary studies.  Completion of the Master’s Degree will facilitate  entry to professional practice in teaching or digital publishing, and it will also provide the necessary preparation to undertake research in the field of literature.


2.     Assessment criteria

Applicants will be selected through a pre-enrolment process, during which the Managing Committee of the Master’s Degree in Literary Studies will assess applicationts on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Foreign students:

-    Qualification in Language and Literature (maximum 3 points)

-    Other qualification (maximum 1 point)

-    Academic record (average grade), (maximum 2 points)

-    Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 points)

-    Specific requirements: Sufficient command of Spanish, accredited by a qualification or, in its absence, a spoken and written test.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate a command of Spanish equivalent to at least level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

  • Spanish students:

-    Qualification in Language and Literature (maximum 3 points)

-    Other qualification (maximum 1 point)

-    Academic record (average grade), (maximum 2 points)

-    Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 points)






Students who intend to study for an officially recognised Master’s Degree at the UA should complete pre-enrolment in accordance with the guidelines and deadlines specified annually.



Following publication of the final list of those admitted to the course, an email containing a user password will be sent to successful applicants, enabling them to enrol via the Campus Virtual in accordance with the guidelines and deadlines specified annually.

In the registration process, the documents issued abroad must be official, duly notorised and translated. Further information:



Number of places: 30



Academic, research, professional.

 Master’s Degree specialisation profile

  • Academic profile: specialised, in-depth literary studies
  • Research profile: introduction to research in Literary Studies
  • Professional profile: introduction to digital text editing


Professional Profiles

Professions for which the degree qualifies its holder.

The Master’s Degree in Literary Studies is oriented, on the one hand, towards academic and research work, providing students with a specific, multi-disciplinary and advanced training in literary studies from a range of cultural-linguistic contexts. However, it also has a professional focus, contributing towards students’ entry into a specific labour market (secondary and third level teaching), building on their previous literary training and preparing them for professional work in the field of digital text editing.






1. Timescale for implementation of the Master’s Degree course

Academic year

Implementation of the Master’s Degree



1st Year

2. Procedure for equivalence recognition, where appropriate, between the current and the new course programme.

Even though under the new course programme the overall number of credits required for the Master’s Degree has been reduced from 90 to 60, the subjects remain the same. Students who have not been able to take all the subjects corresponding to the current programme in 2010-2011 may enrol for the corresponding subjects of the new programme over the following years. Where the number of credits for any subject varies between the old and new plans, the difference will be made up through additional work.

3. Studies being phased out and replaced by the proposed degree course:

The current Master’s Degree in Literary Studies, worth 90 credits, will be discontinued in 2010-2011.



Information about the Centre General information for students

  • Faculty of Arts

      Campus de San Vicente del Raspeig
      Ctra. de Alicante s/n 03690
      San Vicente del Raspeig (Alicante)
      Telephone:+ 34 96
590 3448
      Fax:+ 34 96 590 3449


  • Life Long Learning Centre (ContinUA)

Only for pre-enrolment formalities
Germán Bernácer Building. Ground Floor
Telephone: + 34 96 590 9422
Fax: + 34 96 590 9442



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