English Literature and Culture (B.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Bachelor of Arts (Two-subject Bachelor)

Standard period of studies:

6 semesters


Winter and summer semester
Language of Instruction: English

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Please keep in mind that you need a certification of recognition for all foreign certificates. The recognition process takes up to six weeks and the certificate must be included in your application.

winter semester: June 1 - September 1

summer semester: December 1 - March 1

If you combine a Two-subject Bachelor whose admission is open with one whose is restricted, the deadlines are:

winter semester: June 1 - July 15

summer semester: December 1 - January 15


English Literature and Culture (M.A.)


Department of English and Linguistics


Faculty 05: Philosophy and Philology


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

The reformed curriculum with the major subject British Studies and a minor subject (American Studies or an external minor) provides students with an initial practice-oriented and professional qualification degree over 6 semesters (plus stay abroad), which is recognized internationally and qualifies students to proceed onto a Master's degree program. As well as language skills, the course teaches the basic academic principles of anglistics. In addition to practical vocational training and interdisciplinary course components, an integral part of the British Studies Bachelor's course is an extended stay abroad in an English-speaking country, which is intended primarily to expose students to different cultures and enable them to better understand the complex social processes and interactions.

Special features of the Bachelor's course British Studies at Mainz University include the dual-subject combination, which combines the major subject with a minor subject, thereby taking into account specific career choices and qualification profiles (e.g. focus on culture, media technology, and public relations work, or on politics, economics, and administration). An additional advantage of British Studies at Mainz University is the cultural-scientific profile as well as the inter- and transdisciplinary focus of the course. British Studies is also part of the network of teaching options and subject combinations in the field of culture and media science, which has been expanded systematically at the Johannes Gutenberg University over the past few years. The subject can be combined with aspects of social science, economics, and cultural studies. The media site Mainz enables students to combine communication studies and book studies, as well as subjects such as theater studies and film studies, with British Studies as part of the Bachelor's degree program.

It is clear that the Bachelor's course in British Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University provides an excellent basis for a pragmatically oriented, methodical and theoretical education with an interdisciplinary approach, which prepares students systematically for further studies with a Master's course in media, languages, culture, and literature, and consequently also for a high position within the information society, for which the Rhine-Main region is a key focus area.

Through the intensive teaching and interlinking of general knowledge, key academic skills, and abilities for the professional world, students are taught preparatory, hermeneutic-historical, empirical and theoretical knowledge step-by-step. The analytical function of these is tested on example subject matter and combined with practical exercises.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Student Counselling Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).