The bachelor's degree in Literary Studies at the University of Barcelona builds students' skills in the fields of literary theory and criticism, encouraging them to enquire and reflect, to acquire specific analytical skills and to apply aspects of genre theory, hermeneutics, poetics, rhetoric and the methodology of comparative literature. This background will provide excellent training for literary research.

The bachelor's degree in Literary Studies provides interdisciplinary theoretical and practical training in the areas of comparative literature, literary theory and culture studies. The degree builds students' skills in the fields of literary theory and criticism, encouraging them to enquire and reflect, to acquire specific analytical skills and to apply aspects of genre theory, hermeneutics, poetics, rhetoric and the methodology of comparative literature. It provides training in literature from all periods and genres, from both a universal and comparative perspective. It likewise provides a solid grounding in language and promotes critical analysis of literature, enabling students to recognize all literary periods, the different genres, and the potential relationships between them. 

Basic information

TypeBachelor's degrees
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Philology and Communication
Branch of knowledge
  • Arts and Humanities
Mode of delivery


Number of places available


Length of course4 academic years
Language(s) of instructionCatalan 58,9%, Spanish 41,1%
Admission grade

7.816 (July 2023, start of process, via official entrance examinations/vocational training)


Approximate price per credit17,69 €
Compulsory placementsNo

 Annalisa Mirizio

Course detailsIndicators

Objectives and competences


  • Provide a solid training in theoretical and practical aspects of literature from a universal and comparative perspective.
  • Develop competences and skills related to literary theory and criticism, such as a reflective and speculative attitude, the acquisition of methods of literary analysis and the use of genre theory, hermeneutics, the poetic-rhetorical tradition and the methodology of comparative literature.
  • Provide the basis for literary research.


General competences

  • Communicative ability (the ability to understand and express oneself orally and in writing in Catalan, Spanish, and a third language, mastering specialised language/the ability to search, use, disseminate, and integrate information).
  • Mastery of new information and communication technologies and information management skills.
  • Ethical commitment (critical and self-critical capacity/ability to demonstrate attitudes consistent with ethical and deontological conceptions).
  • Teamwork (the ability to collaborate with colleagues and contribute to a common project/ability to collaborate in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams).

Specific competences

  • Acquire knowledge of the various methods of literature analysis and their underlying theoretical foundations.
  • Demonstrate an acquired understanding of genre theory, its classical foundations, and its subsequent contributions.
  • Identify research problems and topics and evaluate their relevance in the field of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interrelate various aspects of literary theory and comparative literature. 

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

  • Solid language skills (general reading and writing skills, and listening and speaking in an academic context).
  • The ability to work towards goals.
  • Critical and reasoning skills, the ability to relate concepts and extrapolate from these, and summary and analytical skills.
  • Memory, reading culture and personal interest in intellectual development.
  • Interest in language and literature.
  • Knowledge of the language and literature in which you wish to specialize, of other languages that will be related to the study of these and of IT tools at a user level.

Access requirements and conditions

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.


Students that have studied abroad and who wish to study at the University of Barcelona may be admitted to EHEA bachelor's degree courses. Procedures for gaining admission will depend on the qualifications held by each applicant.

For further information about admission, consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online via the Món UB portal. To find out the date and time you have been assigned, check the specific information for your course. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned.

Academic information




Support and guidance

Pre-enrolment information and events


Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Basic training 60
Compulsory 144
Optional 30
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 6

List of subjects

Pathways and specializations

Literary Studies
Check the planning of the different pathways of the degree

Previous years


Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment.They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information


Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

  • Secondary and higher education.
  • Research in literature.
  • Publishing, including publisher reading, correction, writing, editing, the press, production, sales, and distribution.
  • Cultural mass media: literary journalism, citicism and review, cultural commentary in the press, and radio and television.
  • Cultural management, including organization of cultural events in the public and private sector.
  • Literary creation, including professional practice in the fields of fiction, drama, film and creative writing teaching.
  • Bookselling.
  • Public administration.

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Contact us

Faculty of Philology and Communication

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585 - 08007 Barcelona

Secretary: 934 035 584 | 83

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