English Literature and Culture (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 Semester


winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

open admission


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

Deadlines: Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

English Literature and Culture (B.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 course lasts four semesters and, in seven modules, offers a program oriented to literature and cultural studies, which teaches advanced knowledge of the diverse manifestations of British society in literary, historical, political and cultural contexts. The program focuses on the cultural area of the British Isles and countries influenced by Great Britain. Depending on the student's interest, they can continue the broad focus of the B.A. by combining modules II and IV, or they can study an epoch or theme in more detail. In addition, an interdisciplinary module offers students the opportunity to explore the traditions and diversifications of Anglophone literature, cultures and languages in more detail. The complementary and interdisciplinary orientation of the Master's program is supplemented by elective courses from related disciplines. The aim is to complement and expand the desired research perspective in specific areas of British Studies by means of broad and interdisciplinary teaching and research options. Another important component of the research-oriented Master's program is the "Research Workshop" module, as well as the associated courses in theory and methodology. As with the "Professional Orientation" module, this module especially includes the early involvement of students in research projects in British Studies and an introduction to independent scientific work.

Master entrance requirements

  • You must have a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent degree in British Studies or another Anglophobe field (e.g. B.Ed. in English, B.A. in American Studies, etc.) from a university in Germany or abroad.
  • If fewer than 10 credit points can be verified in the field of British Studies during previous training, suitability for admission will be determined during the selection interview. Admission may be conditional.
  • In special cases, admission can be granted for previous training in unrelated literature, cultural, social, media, linguistic or economics degree programs if the program was completed with a minimum grade of 2.7 and special academic suitability is determined during the selection interview. Admission may be conditional.
  • It is assumed that students have a very good active and passive knowledge of English (Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English (proof not required).


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