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MA Degrees

Master of Arts "English Studies - Literature - Language - Culture" (2 years full-time)


Description of Contents:

The course programme moves beyond the traditional disciplinary segregation within English Studies and seeks to interface Literary Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, thus offering a fresh, uncompartmentalised and international approach to the subjects studied. Courses and study areas will not be confined to one national literature, but will focus on inter- and transcultural phenomena. The programme will develop students' awareness of the linguistic features of literary and non-literary texts as well as the historical and synchronic varieties of English. It also includes the study of historical contexts and intertextual as well as intermedial relationships. Particular emphasis will be laid on improving students' language skills in written and spoken academic English.

Students may specialise in their fields of study, choosing four (out of eight) modules on e.g. literary and cultural theories and histories, postcolonial studies, medieval studies, gender studies, literature and the other media. They also attend two modules on language skills (academic writing, literary translation, communication skills, contemporary Britain). Modules generally consist of one seminar accompanied by one tutorial; language modules consist of two tutorials.
The final semester is dedicated to the M.A. thesis (around 20 000 words) which will be accompanied by a research colloquium.


Admission requirement: B.A. degree in English Literature/English Studies or equivalent German or foreign qualification.

Language of instruction: ONLY ENGLISH - German proficiency (e.g. DSH test) IS NOT required.

Enrolment Fees: Approx. 280 EUR.

Starting Dates: Programme begins in October (winter semester).

Application Deadline: See below for application modalities and time frames.



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