International Programmes 2021/2022

English: Language, Literatures and Cultures English: Language, Literatures and Cultures

University of Göttingen • Göttingen

Degree
Master of Arts in English: Language, Literatures and Cultures
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

Core-curriculum courses are held in English only. Students with no or few German language skills are required to take German language courses, which are taught in German.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Beginning
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

1 June for the following winter semester
1 December for the following summer semester

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
No
Joint degree / double degree programme
No
Description/content

Students can choose between a Single Honours Master's programme and a Joint Honours Master's programme.

For the Single Honours MA programme, students complete a total of 78 credits (plus 30 for the MA thesis) from the curriculum offered by the Department of English. In addition to two obligatory modules on Life and Institution and Practical English Language, students can choose from modules on Anglophone Literature and Culture, North American Studies, Medieval English Studies, and Modern English Linguistics. Students may specialise in the following particular areas that may be certified:

  • Anglophone Literature and Culture
  • Studies in (North American and English) Literature and Culture
  • Literary and Cultural Management, a study which includes modules on literary analysis as well as practical modules in the literature industry
  • English Language in Focus (Linguistics and Medieval English Studies)

Students may also combine modules from all areas in order to cover a broad range of various topics. Basic modules stress the survey aspect of training, while advanced modules focus on in-depth analysis. This study option is suited for anyone who wishes to broaden their knowledge in various fields relating to the subject before deciding which field to choose for an MA thesis.

For the Joint Honours MA in English: Language, Literatures and Cultures, students have to choose at least one other subject. This can be closely related (e.g. North American Studies) or completely unrelated (e.g. Law or German History); any combination is acceptable, provided that the subject is offered as a 36-credit module package at the University of Göttingen.

In their course of study, students can choose between four study varieties:

  • across the disciplines
  • with a focus on either literary or language studies
  • with a focus on Anglophone literature and culture
  • with a focus on English language theory and history

Obligatory modules include advanced courses on English language and on culture and institutions of the UK or the USA. Elective modules depend on the kind of specialisation students wish to acquire. In studying across the disciplines, students can choose between basic and advanced modules in English and postcolonial literature and culture, North American literature and culture, modern English linguistics, and the history of English. Students whose interests lie in either English / North American literature or in language studies can opt for a large variety of modules on offer in the respective disciplines.

The Department of English also offers three module packages (minor subjects) to be taken in combination with a 42-credit (Joint Honours) MA programme:

  • English: Language, Literatures and Cultures, which meets the same criteria as outlined above
  • Anglophone Literature and Culture
  • Linguistics and Medieval Studies (Language in Focus)

Other English-language MA programmes at the university include North American Studies and Modern Indian Studies.

Course organisation

Students are relatively free in their combination of courses and modules. Freshers are assessed as to their entrance level of knowledge to ensure a good fit of course level and student. Other than that, we suggest that basic modules be taken before advanced modules are tackled, but there is no obligation to do so. The organisation of modules depends largely on which study option is chosen.
Part-time studies are possible.

Types of assessment

Depending on the chosen module, students sit oral exams, write end-of-semester exams and semester papers, or hand in portfolios.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
Yes
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Language training provided
  • Study trips
Integrated internships

Students opting for the Literary and Cultural Management area are required to complete a 12-week internship in Germany or abroad (e.g. in house museums, at the management of a literary festival, in a publishing company, etc.) Students can be assisted in finding a suitable place.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
No
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Yes
The course of study can be taken entirely online
No
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Mobile learning apps
Description of e-learning elements

The department offers computer-based self-study units (ILIAS) and blended learning units (ILIAS) for some of the courses.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
No
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Yes
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Semester contribution

Fees are around 400 EUR per semester. The fees include a prepaid semester ticket that entitles students to use regional trains (in Lower Saxony and Bremen) and city buses in Göttingen free of charge. Students of the University of Göttingen receive discounts for cultural events. Meals and drinks are also available at reduced prices at all university canteens. See: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/fee

Costs of living

The average cost of living in Göttingen is modest compared to other major university cities in Germany. Currently, expenses for accommodation, food, health insurance and books are about 850 EUR per month. Please note that fees for health insurance may vary according to age. For further information, please see the following link: www.uni-goettingen.de/en/54664.html

Funding opportunities within the university
No
Academic admission requirements

BA degree in English Studies or a related subject (180 ECTS)
A minimum of 50 ECTS in modules relating to English as an academic subject are required. The clear majority of these must be on subject-specific aspects (e.g. language theory, literary and cultural developments, history of English, literary theory), not on areas of use of English. See also the section on language requirements.

Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of English language skills. We accept any of the following: NULTE certificate at minimum level C1, Cambridge English Scale: minimum 180 points, IELTS (minimum band 6.5), TOEFL (minimum 110 points), UNICert band III, Global Scale of English (Pearson Academic): minimum 76 points. The date of the test may not be older than two years from the moment of applying.
Applicants who wish to combine English: Language, Literatures and Cultures with a module package NOT taught in English must also provide proof of German proficiency if their native language is not German. Please enquire. Candidates without German language skills who choose an English-only module package are exempt on condition that they successfully complete basic German classes during their course of study.

Application deadline

1 June for the following winter semester
1 December for the following summer semester

Submit application to

https://masterbewerbung.phil.uni-goettingen.de

Possibility of finding part-time employment

The university supports students in finding part-time jobs in local industries and businesses. A number of student jobs are also available at the university. They are announced on the following website: www.stellenwerk-goettingen.de

Please note that restrictions may apply with your scholarship or visa. Non-EU students are subject to special regulations. Foreign applicants should note that it is not easy to find a job to finance their studies, as German students are also searching for jobs. Some proficiency in German may be indispensable to find a job. Non-EU students are permitted to work a maximum of 120 full days (240 half days) per year.

Accommodation

The Accommodation Service of the International Office supports international students who are enrolled at the University of Göttingen in finding accommodation and serves as a point of contact for related queries. The Accommodation Service also publishes suitable offers from private landlords in Göttingen and collaborates with the Student Services ("Studentenwerk"). As the number of available accommodation options in Göttingen is limited, it is highly recommended to contact the Accommodation Service as early as possible. For further information, please see the following link: www.uni-goettingen.de/en/364086.html

Career advisory service

The Career Service of the University of Göttingen offers individual support to facilitate your successful transition from the academic to the professional world — whether you want to work in Germany or abroad. Especially for international students aiming for a career entry in Germany, the Career Service provides topic-specific "Career Impulse Sessions", workshops, online learning modules, and a qualification programme in “Building International Careers” as well as digital career tools and a virtual community for international employment opportunities: www.uni-goettingen.de/en/292.html

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Buddy programme
  • Tutors
  • Specialist counselling
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Welcome event

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