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English Studies - Literature, Language, Culture, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #104 (WUR) ,
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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Interfacing Linguistics and Literature
  • Literary and Cultural Theories
  • Constructing Difference: Literary and Cultural Histories
  • Literature and Media

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

  • Graduation certificate
  • Official transcript of records
  • Official translations of all certificates if issued in any language other than German or English
  • Proof of English knowledge
  • Sufficient knowledge of German

Tuition Fee

  • International

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    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

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Students do not pay any tuition fees. However, the university charges a semester fee (app. 300 Euro per semester)

Living costs for Berlin

  • 836 - 1340 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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