English Literatures

Humboldt University Berlin

24 months
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The English Literatures programme from Humboldt University Berlin is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of English literatures and cultures and a methodological approach to literary studies. 


The English Literatures programme from Humboldt University Berlin is a taught Master's programme, yet at the same time it places a strong emphasis on self-conducted research and project work.

Key facts:

Curricular modules are designed to enhance critical understanding by exploring texts in their historical and cultural context, in their interaction with other literatures, and from a variety of relevant perspectives, including historical scholarship and aesthetics, close textual analysis, and contemporary literary and cultural theories and poetics. Literary texts are studied as works of art, and as configurations of historical and media-specific fields of transformation. Literature is seen as a productive agent in the formation of the cultural knowledge of a society and of the individual self-conceptions of its members.

The programme is designed to prepare and qualify for employment in the cultural professions and the media, academic posts as well as for a broad range of jobs requiring sophisticated competences in the writing of texts, in organisation, and communication. The degree is granted on acceptance of a Master's thesis.

There are interdisciplinary links to the MA programmes of European Literatures and Gender Studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Writing Skills: Essay Composition/Text Production
  • Writing Skills: Textual Competence
  • Authors, Periods, Genres
  • Texts, Contexts, Cultures: Media and Cultural Communication
  • Texts, Contexts, Cultures: Literature and Systems of Knowledge
  • Literary Interactions
  • Texts and Theories
  • Research Colloquium

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic 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. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • There are NO tuition fees at Humboldt University Berlin. Neither for German and EU students, nor for international students from other countries.


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