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English Studies (MA)

What is the degree programme about?

English Studies is a degree programme which has a strong research orientation and offers two areas of specialisation:

  • Culture and Literature: this field enables students to combine modules on literary and cultural history and theory with a broad range of interdisciplinary modules. Culture and Literature focuses on historical perspectives and involves two key areas of the humanities: the history of ideas and discourse analysis. Areas of expertise include:
    • Cultural Studies: focus on cultural history and popular culture with a particular emphasis on the intersections of culture with economics and politics. Besides these areas, this focus concentrates on cultural and medial translation.
    • Literary Studies: relations between literature and other discourses such as philosophy, religion and politics.
  • Linguistics and Applied Linguistics: this field focuses on the description and analysis of the English language in the light of current linguistic theories and teaching approaches. The following topics are covered in the degree programme:
    • the idiomatic element of language: construction grammar, valency theory, research on collocation and idiomaticity
    • foreign language teaching: lexicography, grammar, contrastive linguistics, speech perception and production, literacy development, bilingualism and bilingual education
    • first and second language acquisition and research on learner language
    • corpus linguistics: the English language: history and variation
    • advanced language classes

Students may study one of these fields exclusively, thus obtaining a degree in 'MA English Studies: Culture and Literature' or in 'MA English Studies: Linguistics and Applied Linguistics', or they may choose to study a combination of the two fields, thus obtaining a degree in 'MA English Studies'.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

This degree programme is open to all graduates of the Bachelor's degree programme English and American Studies and other degree programmes in English. In some cases, graduates with a degree in computational linguistics may also be admitted to study the specialisation Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.

If you are interested in this degree programme and have a degree in a different subject, or a degree from a different university in Germany or abroad, please contact the degree programme co-ordinator.

Modules and degree programme structure

Specialisation: Culture and Literature

1st semester:

  • Introductory Module Culture
  • Introductory Module Literature
  • Elective Module

2nd semester:

  • Core Module Culture
  • Core Module Literature
  • Academic Language Skills

3rd semester:

  • Master Module I: Culture or Literature
  • Master Module II: Culture or Literature
  • Elective Complementary Studies/Wild Card

4th semester:

  • Master's thesis in the chosen specialisation

Specialisation: Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

1st semester:

  • Introductory Module: Topics in Linguistic Theory and Language Acquisition Research
  • Applied Linguistics A
  • Descriptive and Theoretical Linguistics A
  • Research Module: Lexicography, Valency, Collocation

2nd semester:

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • First Language Acquisition and Language Teaching
  • Linguistics and Language Teaching A
  • Linguistics and Language Teaching B
  • Language Variation
  • Academic Language Skills

3rd semester:

  • Applied Linguistics B
  • Descriptive and Theoretical Linguistics B
  • Research Module: Lexicography, Valency, Collocation
  • Second Language Acquisition and Language Teaching
  • English Historical Linguistics

4th semester:

  • Master's thesis in the chosen specialisation
Good to know

Potential challenges You will need good previous knowledge of your chosen specialisation and good proficiency in English (C1). If you wish to study the specialisation Culture and Literature or do not wish to choose a specialisation you will also require knowledge of German (DSH-2).

Frequently asked questions

You can find the answers to common questions on our website and in our StudOn account 'MA English Studies'. You can also ask questions at our MA meet-ups. The FAQ page on StudOn contains questions from our own students and is updated regularly, making it a central source of information. Please use these sources of information or see the degree programme co-ordinators in person during their office hours.

Admission requirements

Open to graduates with a BA English and American Studies with a final grade 2.5 or better (exceptions may be made in well-substantiated cases and on the basis of a short letter of motivation and a 15 to 20 minute interview for those students who achieved a final grade ranging up to 3.5). Graduates of other BA programmes with a focus on English philology (60 ECTS credits) are also invited to apply for places. At the time of application, students from abroad are required to provide certificates for their language proficiency in English (C1) and, if applicable, German (DSH-2).

The programme generally begins each winter semester; registrations for the summer are also possible if equivalent courses from another MA degree can be recognized for MA English Studies. Please note the respective deadlines.


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Abschluss: Master of Arts (MA)
Studienart: Master
Standort: Erlangen
Regelstudienzeit: 4 Semester
Studienbeginn: Wintersemester
Sprache: Englisch
Zugang: Zulassungsfrei
Frühstudium: nein
Teilzeitstudium: ja
Fakultät: Philosophische Fakultät und Fachbereich Theologie

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