Institute of English Languages and Literatures

Master English Literatures and Cultures

New: Revised M.A. Programme in English Literatures and Cultures will commence in the Wintersemester of 2021/22. Apply now!

After a careful evaluation of the programme, we are happy to present the revised Master in English Literatures and Cultures. It will now include a new introductory module and put an even stronger emphasis on professional experience.  
The new introductory module enables students from different backgrounds to create a common body of knowledge about state-of-the-art literary and cultural studies and a fresh set of research and writing skills. 
Based on extensive feedback from our students, we have also re-designed the Professional Experience module. It will allow students to help organize exhibitions, festivals, or workshops and to gain valuable professional experience inside or outside academia by working as tutors or interns. 
The familiar strengths of our M.A. Programme in English Literatures and Cultures – including flexibility in course choice and interdisciplinary elements – will, of course, remain in place.
If you’d like to learn more about the new Master in English Literatures and Cultures, don’t hesitate to contact us: Ellen Dengel-Janic or Christoph Reinfandt. You can apply via "Bewerbung Masterstudium" (deadline: May 31, 2021). 

The M.A. in English Literatures and Cultures is a consecutive and research-oriented programme of study following up on B.A. degrees in English and American studies or other disciplines in
literary or cultural studies. It is dedicated to the Anglophone literatures and cultures of the world and focuses on academic procedures of systematic knowledge acquisition. Of particular
interest is the role literature has played across a range of cultural contexts throughout history, both in terms of its functions and achievements. Literature is therefore viewed as an integral
part of modern culture and its increasing globalization. More recent developments, built on the concept of ‘literary studies as a form of media studies and cultural studies’, form the basis for
exploring the relationship between literary texts and other types of text and media, thus creating a productive link between literary and cultural studies.

The program prepares students from diverse cultural and academic backgrounds to work independently on questions and problems related to English Literatures and Cultures and to
present results in written and/or oral forms. To do so, the program begins with a common seminar introducing them to concepts and skills used in research at the department. The core
curriculum focuses on literary and cultural studies but the program also contains an interdisciplinary profile module. The students also complete modules dedicated to the
foundations of scholarly research and writing, and to professional experience.

The five core modules of the M.A. programme English Literatures and Cultures are:

  • Central Concepts and Competences (CCC)
  • Literary and Cultural History I & II
  • Conceptualising Literary and Cultural History I & II

These core modules are supplemented by

  • An Interdisciplinary Profile enabling students to attend courses at other departments or faculties, thereby creating a unique academic profile
  • Professional Experience via internships, teaching tutorials, becoming involved in editorial projects etc.
  • Research I and II including a colloquium in which students will present their M.A. thesis projects and independent studies
  • Some components in the supplementary curriculum can be replaced by three Digital Humanities modules which will yield an additional certificate of qualification

All students of English Literatures and Cultures are encouraged to spend time in an English-speaking country. This is an invaluable opportunity for students to work with experienced professionals in a different academic environment.

It is the aim of the programme to prepare students for their future professions in academia, journalism and publishing, public relations, consulting, international organizations, new media, public administration and elsewhere.

The University of Tübingen has a long history of excellence in English and Postcolonial Studies and provides students with outstanding study resources and conditions. Our various university libraries hold a large collection of books, journals, and media dealing with the Anglophone world. Tübingen itself is one of Germany’s oldest, most attractive university towns, with a large and vibrant student population.

The MA English Literatures and Cultures can be pursued with a specialized profile in Digital Humanities. In that case Modules 06, 07 and 08 (30 ECTS) are replaced by Modules MADiHU-01, 02 and 03 (30 ECTS).