Faculty of Modern LanguagesEnglish Studies – Master

English studies is dedicated to the investigation of the English language, literature and culture in their various present-day forms and in their historical development.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Arts
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionEnglish
Fees and contributions151.05 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with access restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes
May be studied as a minor subjectYes
Can be completed entirely in EnglishYes
International degree programYes

Course Content

The Master’s degree programme in English Studies requires a specialisation either in Literary Studies or in Linguistics from the first semester onward. It is intended for applicants who have received academic instruction during their undergraduate education in their desired field of study. In both its areas, the programme emphasises scholarly approaches and expects students to be familiar with conducting research, various methodologies, and with the writing of  academic papers.  Although there is a clear specialisation, the MA in English Studies also encourages interdisciplinary methods and relies on new cultural and instructional techniques. An extensive and varied course programme, independent research modules, and a yearly Graduate Student Conference (organised by the students of the programme) provide students with the opportunity to develop a unique profile, equipping them both for post-graduate programmes and for various careers in the private sector.

Admission requirement is the proof of English language skills at C2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, proven e.g. by a corresponding certificate or a relevant Bachelor's degree. Please refer to the current admission regulations.

The course requires the choice of a minor subject; either in the complementary field to the specialization in English Studies (minor subject English literature with the major subject English linguistics, or, vice versa, minor subject English linguistics with the major English literature), or in a different subject. For further information please refer to the Examination Rules and Regulations.

Course Structure

Over the course of the first three semesters, students complete four seminars, four lectures and two research-oriented independent studies projects, supervised by professors. Within these curricular restraints, students can still individually plan their learning content and focus on their needs and interests. Students are required to complete their Master's thesis and prepare for the final oral examination in the fourth semester. A yearly Graduate Student Conference (organised by the students of the programme) allows for opportunities.

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