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Comparative Studies in English and American Language, Literature and Culture
Master of Arts

Short description

Short description

The Masters programme Comparative Studies in English and American Language, Literature and Culture is a graduate programme aimed at students with undergraduate degrees in English and American Studies or from academic fields represented in the programme.

The four-semester programme solely starts in the winter semester and has unrestricted admission. You apply to the programme using the online application system (aptitude assessment).

Entry/Admission requirements

Degree requirements: A Bachelor of Arts degree, or an equivalent undergraduate degree, with a final grade of 2.5 (German standard) or better.

Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should generally be in English and American studies or a subject relevant to the Masters programme.

Language requirements: C1 level (CEFR) minimum, assessed by the online application.

For further information please visit the Comparative Studies Website (English).

Programme content

The Masters programme Comparative Studies in English and American Language, Literature and Culture (MAComp) is a unique, interdisciplinary programme aimed at providing graduate students with a professionally qualified education within the fields of English and American studies, literary and cultural studies and linguistics. It allows them to hone their academic as well as professional skills on an intercultural level, paving them a way into domestic and international job markets for both academic and non-academic careers.

Programme structure

In approaching literature and linguistics comparatively, students will engage with cultural phenomena within the changing contexts of history and globalization. Taking into consideration theories on such socio-cultural variables as class, gender, ethnicity, technology, or media, the MAComp curriculum relates to current research and includes areas of studies outside the philologies.

The Masters programme includes eight modules out of which two are obligatory modules. Alongside the Basic and Professional English modules, students may choose subjects and their study focus in all the other six modules from all courses offered in the departments of the institute:

- Medieval English Studies
- American Studies
- Linguistics
- Modern English Literature
- Anglophone Literatures.

This also applies to the Project module with its practical focus and the Masters module, in which students write their Master thesis.

Programme start:
Winter semester
Programme duration:
4 semesters
Language of instruction:
Application procedure:
Admission-free with aptitude assessment in the application portal
Closing date for applications:
Closing date for enrolment:
16/07/2024 - 04/10/2024
Closing date for re-registration:
15/01/2024 - 15/02/2024
Relevant documents:

Examination regulations

Module guide

Both available in German only.

Study programme contact:

Dipl.-Übers. Lisa Weißbach


Phone:  +49 211 81-14558

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
Contact Examination Administration

Student Services Center (SSC)

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