Institute of English Languages and Literatures


The M.A. in English Literatures and Cultures is a two-year program, starting in the summer or winter semester.

First Year

Students focus on the core curriculum. The four 12 ECTS modules consist of two graduate seminars in combination with work groups and term papers and another two consisting of combinations of graduate seminars with lecture courses and oral exams. All courses aim at providing an advanced understanding of key concepts and theories in literary and cultural studies plus in-depth analysis of important developments in the Anglophone world. The Interdisciplinary Profile (12 ECTS) gives students the opportunity to take courses outside of the core curriculum and develop an individual profile.

Second Year

The two Research Modules (Academic Writing 6 ECTS, Methodology 12 ECTS,) prepare students for their M.A. thesis. In a graduate academic writing class, students will develop advanced strategies for independent research and writing. In the Methodology Module, students will try out these strategies in a supervised Independent Studies Project and attend a Research Colloquium for discussions with faculty, PhD students and other M.A. candidates as well as presenting their own research for the M.A. thesis. In the Professional Experience Module (12 ECTS), students can do an internship or work as a tutor in order to gain practical work experience. The final module (30 ECTS) consists of the M.A. thesis and an oral exam.