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Romance Studies: Cultural Contacts and Communication
Master of Arts

Short description

Short description

The consecutive M.A. in Romance Studies at Heinrich Heine University carries on from a previous successfully completed bachelor’s programme in Romance Studies and is geared to students interested in academia.

Admission to this four-semester Master of Arts (M.A.) programme is unrestricted upon “Proof of special suitability” (Heinrich Heine University is directly responsible for processing the application and determining applicants’ suitability) and can be started in the summer semester or the winter semester.

Online application for determining suitability

Entry/Admission requirements

A two-year M.A. in Romance Studies can carry on from a successfully completed bachelor’s programme or comparable study courses. Based on the skills acquired on a bachelor’s programme in the fields of linguistics and literature studies as well as in the field of language practice, students familiarise themselves with current methods of academic problem solving and acquiring in-depth specialist knowledge.

Programme content

The M.A. in Romance Studies: Cultural Contacts and Communication teaches a knowledge of media and cultural theory, trains practical media skills and perfects students’ foreign-language skills in two Romance languages. The programme focuses on the analysis of transcultural processes (as can be experienced in films etc.) and the latest in media discourse practice as it is emerging in online communication, for example. Within these focus areas, students formulate problems and process them from a cultural, literature and pragmalinguistic perspective. The lecturers support the students in formulating own proposed solutions and encourage them to adopt a critical, bold and creative approach to implementing theoretical models and methods. 

Graduates on the M.A. in Romance Studies: Cultural Contacts and Communication are qualified to carry out further research (doctoral degree) or to enter a career in journalism, PR departments, cultural management or in European institutions, for example.

As a media city and political centre situated close to the European institutions in Brussels, Düsseldorf offers a decisive advantage in terms of location.

Programme structure

It is a feature of the research-focused M.A. in Romance Studies in Düsseldorf that students study the language and culture of two Romance languages and can chose their specialisation independently. Another feature is the link between philological knowledge on the one hand and communication media and cultural knowledge on the other.

Programme objectives/Career prospects

The Romance programmes prepare students for the following career paths:

  • Multilingual information, knowledge and cultural management
  • New media (media and communication technologies)
  • Careers in publishing and public relations, in radio and TV
  • Careers in European and international organisations, companies and educational institutions
  • International project management
  • Foreign-language text creation and international PR work
  • Country and culture-specific training in companies, activities in the new “language industries” (e.g. supporting sections of portals, developing digital lexicons, creating learning software)
  • Foreign-language teachers in schools, in education management or in adult education
  • Academic careers
Programme start:
Winter semester
Summer semester
Programme duration:
4 semesters
Language of instruction:
German + foreign language
Application procedure:
Aptitude assessment
Closing date for enrolment:
01/08/2021 - 01/10/2021
Closing date for re-registration:
01/07/2021 - 15/08/2021
Relevant documents:

Examination regulations

Module guide

Documents available in German only.

Study programme contact:

Dr. Friedhelm Beckmann
Phone: +49 211 81-14375

Dr. Martina Nicklaus
Phone: +49 211 81-14377

Study programme/Department
SSC contact:

Student Services Center (SSC)
Building: 21.02 / SSC
Phone +49 211 81‐12345


For questions regarding the course of studies and for examination issues:

Student and Examination Administration
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