MA English Studies
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Universität Erlangen Nürnberg
Sekretariat Barbara Gabel-Cunningham
Student representatives in the degree programme committe
see StudOn, Master English Studies (for access, contact the programme advisors)
Information on the Course of Studies
The FAU Master of Arts (MA) Programme English Studies
brings together the three fields of English linguistics, literary
studies and cultural studies, and offers in-depth study of these fields
with specific focus on the following areas:
- Literary studies: relations between literature and other discourses, e.g. philosophy, politics, religion etc. (Chair Prof. Dr. Rudolf Freiburg),
- Cultural Studies: cultural history, processes of cultural and medial translation (Chair Prof. Dr. Doris Feldmann),
- Linguistics: theoretical linguistics and its application to the description of English, including the perspective of foreign language learning (Chair Prof. Dr. Thomas Herbst).
MA English Studies is a consecutive two-year full-time course (or four-year part-time course) with a total of 120 ECTS points (60 ECTS/30ECTS points per academic year). The course of study is modularised and encourages a specialisation in one of the two fields 'Culture and Literature' or 'Linguistics and Applied Linguistics'. As the courses taught in these two fields comprise a large number, we recommend students to explore the general structure of the programme by having a look at the examination regulations ("FPO", see below) which comprises model courses in the two fields.
The FAU Master of Arts English Studies is a taught course with a strong research orientation in the fields Culture and Literature or Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.
Culture and Literature:This field enables students to combine specially designed courses on literary and cultural history and theory with a broad range of interdisciplinary modules. Clearly situated in historical approaches, Culture and Literature rests on two central columns of the humanities: the history of ideas and discourse analysis. Areas of expertise include:
- Cultural studies: offers a strong focus on cultural history and popular culture with a particular emphasis on the intersections of culture with economics and politics. Besides, this focus concentrates on cultural and medial translation.
- Literary studies: examines relations between literature and other discourses such as philosophy, religion and politics.
Furthermore, students can adapt the course to their own personal career orientation. The module Wild Card allows students to either select an in-depth focus in their chosen field, to work in an interdisciplinary context or to have internships recognised as part of the course.Linguistics and Applied Linguistics: this field focuses on the description and analysis of the English language in the light of current linguistic theories and teaching approaches. The following topics are covered in the course:
- the idiomatic element of language: construction grammar, valency theory, research on collocation and idiomaticity
- foreign language teaching: lexicography, grammar, contrastive linguistics, speech perception and production, literacy development, bilingualism and bilingual education
- first and second language acquisition and research on learner language
- corpus linguistics
- the English language: history and variation
- special advanced language classes
A number of places for studying at other European universities are available.
Students may study one of these fields exclusively, thus obtaining a degree in MA English Studies: Culture and Literature' or in 'MA English Studies: Linguistics and Applied Lingustics, or they may choose to study a combination of the two fields, thus obtaining a degree in MA English Studies.
Furthermore, students can choose
- modules from other specified MA courses of the university
- language classes: The research-based part of the programme is complemented by additional courses in language and academic skills.
- courses in academic skills
These areas of research are embedded into a number of well-established research centres, e.g.:
- Interdisciplinary Centre for Contemporary Literature and Culture (Schau ins Blau),
- Interdisciplinary Centre for Research on Lexicography, Valency and Collocation (www.lexi.uni-erlangen.de),
- Postgraduate Programme Literature and Culture (PhD).
The language of instruction is predominantly English, so that the
programme can be studied exclusively in English. Graduates will have a
wide range of career options, e.g. in the following fields: journalism,
public relations, cultural management, publishing, marketing, higher
education, PhD programmes/academic career.
A more comprehensive description of this master course can be found under the following links:
Comprehensive module descriptions (from winter term 2010 to summer term 2012)
Further information on MA Literaturstudien.
The MA English Studies is open to students who have a first degree (BA) in English and American Studies; graduates of other BA programmes with a focus on English philology (60 ECTS credits) are also invited to apply for places. The final grade in that subject needs to be 2,5 or better (exceptions may be made in well-substantiated cases and on the basis of a short letter of motivation and a 15 minute interview for those students who achieved a final grade ranging up to 3,5).
Students from abroad are also required to certify their language proficiency in German (DSH2) and English (C1). The respective language tests can be taken in Erlangen. Students are automatically registered for DSH2 via the movein-system after admission provided that 600 hrs of German have been completed prior to application. C1 can be taken at our Language Centre. Please apply via OKTIS at http://www.englishplacement.sz.uni-erlangen.de/master.
The programme begins each winter term.
Application deadline: August 15th
We recommend that international students from non-EU countries submit their applications by 31 July respectively, as Visa applications or, if necessary, language courses etc., require extra time.
Postal address for applications:
Masterbüro (Referat L4)
Courses and course registration
A listing of classes taught in the current semester can be found in UnivIs under Vorlesungsverzeichnis >> Philosophische Fakultät und Fachbereich Theologie (Phil) >> Anglistik und Amerikanistik >> English Studies (Master Studiengang) >>"
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