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English: Language, Literatures and Cultures (M.A.)


Come and explore the world of English! The MA programme in English Language, Literatures and Cultures opens the door to deepening your knowledge in English and American literature, English linguistics and the history of the English language. Improve your English skills to suit your needs. Take challenging classes on a variety of topics, and follow your own research interests to lay the foundation for a Ph.D.

English: Language, Literatures and Cultures
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Full-time or Part-time studies
Standard period of studies:
4 semesters
Start of studies:
Each summer and winter semester
Language of the programme:

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The course provides an in-depth, specialised education in Anglophone language, literatures and cultures, covering linguistics as well as literary and cultural studies. It prepares students for jobs associated with Anglophone and North American territories and/or academically oriented jobs in journalistic, social or cultural sectors.

Students can choose between different study areas and specialisations:

transdepartmental module selection ('pick and mix'): a study variety based on modules from several different specialised departments in which modules from linguistics and literature are taken; this is especially interesting for Master of Education students because this way the teaching-focused training can efficiently combined with a subject-specialised focus. specialisation in the studies of literature and culture or linguistics: a study variety where students can specialize in one of these domains, combining modules from either both literary departments or from the linguistics departments. specialisation in Anglophone Literature and Culture: a study variety based on modules exclusively in the domain of Anglophone literature and culture. This enables students to major in British/English and/or postcolonial literature. specialisation in Linguistics and Medieval English Studies: a study variety based on modules exclusively from the Linguistics and Medieval Studies departments. This enables students to major in various areas of the language-theory section.

Students are trained in both linguistics as well as literature and cultural studies. In the field of linguistics, it is possible to specialise either in the study of contemporary English or in historical linguistics. In the fields of literature and cultural studies, students can choose between British or Anglophone literature and culture and North American literature and culture.

In linguistics, research focuses on syntax theories, semantics research and the historical analysis of language transformations in connection with the study of medieval English literature and culture in its European context.

In literature and cultural studies, research focuses on postcolonial Anglophone literature; romantic and contemporary literature, on gender studies and cultural theory receive a special attention. In the North American Studies Department, the crossover between media and literature and theories of transnationality are of key interest.

This degree qualifies graduates for work in business, journalism and at non-government organisations (NGO) or in the governmental sector; scholarly work for publishing houses or at institutes of higher education.

Related and consecutive programmes

Related programmes

Consecutive/graduate programmes


This degree programme can be studied in 3 different profiles.

  • Single Honours MA totalling 78 credits (Mono-master)
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with one module package (minor) totalling 36 credits
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with two module packages (minor) totalling 18 credits each

You can apply for one study profile.

1. - 4. Semester

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Admission requirements

  • B.A. degree or equivalent degree
  • Proof is required of credits in the sub-areas of English: Anglophone and North American literature and cultural studies; English linguistics; history of the English language, and language practice amounting to at least 50 credits, including at least 25 credits in the sub-areas of Anglophone and North American literature and cultural studies, English linguistics or history of the English language.
  • Entrance requirements for module packages: Overview

Language requirements

  • Demonstration of very good English language skills by earning the minimum required grade on an internationally recognised test .
  • German language skills do not have to be demonstrated for the enrolment. However, students should be aware that German language skills make studying as well as daily life at Göttingen University much easier.


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Study and examination advice Faculty of Humanities

Tina Seufer and Eva Wolff

Humboldtallee 17
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 21888 (Seufer)
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26713 (Wolff)



Academic Advising

Dr. Frauke Reitemeier

English Department
Käte-Hamburger-Weg 3
37073 Göttingen


Questions regarding applications

Snezana Weber M.A.

Humboldtallee 17
Room 1.110 (1st floor)
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26717
Fax: +49 (0)551 39 4010