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Master’s Programme in Literature with a Specialization in Latin Literature

  • 120 credits

The specialization in Latin literature gives you a deep knowledge of Latin-language literature and tradition. The studies also have a classic perspective that offers comparisons with ancient Greek-literature.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - programmes

Welcome to the Department of Culture and Aesthetics. We hope you will enjoy your time with us.

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, the Department of Culture and Aesthetics will continue with online teaching during the first half of the autumn semester 2020 (31 August – 2 November). In exceptional cases, teaching on campus may occur.

Information about each course is provided in the course schedule and in the Athena learning platform. Schedule for each course is published here on the course site at least one month before the course starts. You as an admitted student will have access to the Athena learning platform once you have registered for the course in August.

Newly admitted students will also receive information in a welcome letter via email sent from the Department sometime after 30 July. 

Decisions on teaching methods during the second half of the semester will be made 15 September at the latest, but is in the current situation planned to take place on campus. Conditions may change and students will be informed in the Athena learning platform and on the Department’s website.

Teaching via Zoom
Our teachers will use the e-meeting service Zoom for lectures and seminars. It is free of charge for all students at Stockholm University. You will find instructions to how the teaching of your course will be planned in the Athena learning platform. 

Registration and a smooth start

You will receive an informative welcome letter via email or shortly after 30 July.
Please follow the instructions in this email in order to register for your programme and commence your studies.
Do not hesitate to get in touch should you have further enquiries. See further below on this page for contact details.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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In addition to courses on the theory of interpretation and narrative, the programme gives you an in-depth knowledge of methods in philology and classical and post-classical texts.

Let us tell you more

Would you like to hear from the programme coordinator? Watch the presentation of the International Master’s Programme in Literature at Stockholm University, by Professor Axel Englund.

  • Programme overview

    “Latin Literature” is one of thirteen specializations within the Master’s Programme in Literature at the Faculty of the Humanities, and it is offered by the Department of Romance Studies and Classics. The programme starts every autumn and comprises four semesters of full-time study, concluding with a 30-credit degree project in the form of a master’s thesis. As a student, you normally take four half-time courses of 7,5 credits per semester, each half of the semester consisting of two parallel courses. During the second and third semester of the programme, you may take a total of four optional courses (30 credits), of which at least two must be in subjects other than Latin, and two proficiency courses (15 credits). For more information on available courses within the programme, please check our website 

    Year 1

    Semester 1

    The first semester of the programme contains three courses taken by all students of the programme, irrespective of their specialization:

    In addition, you will take the following course 

    • Methods in Philology, 7,5 credits 

    In addition to these courses, every autumn semester contains a lecture series in English, attended by all the students in the Master’s Programme in Literature, not only those in your specialization. There, a number of contemporary approaches on literary studies are introduced by researchers at the university. Information about the current autumn’s series can be found here.

    Semester 2

    During the second semester of the programme, only one obligatory course will be given, which gives you the possibility of studying three optional courses:

    • Classical and Post-Classical Texts, 7,5 credits
    • Optional courses worth a total of 22,5 credits

    Year 2

    Semester 3

    The third semester contains 15 credits worth of proficiency courses and one seminar-based theory course, which serves as preparation for the master’s thesis. The course English for Academic Research, 7,5 credits, which is taken this semester, may count either as a proficiency course or an optional course (depending on whether you want to fit in one or two proficiency courses in addition to it).

    • Proficiency courses worth a total of 15 credits
    • Optional course, 7,5 credits
    • Seminar Course in Current Theoretical Perspectives, 7,5 credits

    In addition to these courses, every autumn semester contains a lecture series in English, attended by all the students in the Master’s Programme in Literature, not only those in your specialization. There, a number of contemporary approaches on literary studies are introduced by researchers at the university. Information about the current autumn’s series can be found here.

    Semester 4

    The programme’s final semester is devoted exclusively to the degree project, which is done within one full-semester course:

    • Latin - Master's course, 30 credits 

    The master’s thesis, your degree project, is the most important and substantial piece of work you will do within the programme. In the thesis, you will delve into the part of the discipline that interests you the most, aiming to make your own personal contribution to the cumulative knowledge of literary studies. At your disposal you have a supervisor, who will give you advice and feedback on your text. Moreover, you will participate in the master’s seminar, where ideas, drafts and chapters are presented and discussed. Finally, your whole thesis is discussed at a seminar where one or two other students perform the task of critical readers. In return, you will be the reader of two other theses.

  • How to apply


    To be admitted to the programme, you need a BA in Latin and English 6.

  • Contact

    Questions about the structure and content of the programme can be answered by the study counsellor in Latin, whom you can contact at

    Questions about the possibility of studying abroad can be answered by our international coordinator, whom you can contact at

    The coordinator for the Master’s Programme in Literature is Axel Englund,