Master's Degrees

The Department of English and American Studies (IEAS) offers three master’s degree courses: American Studies (MA AS), Anglophone Literatures, Cultures and Media (MA ALCM) and Moving Cultures - Transcultural Encounters (MA MCTE).

Further information on the master’s degree courses at the IEAS can also be found on the general websites of the IEAS.


Master American Studies (MA AS)

Students may complete the first segment of their studies, the bachelor’s in American Studies, and then go directly on to the Master’s program American Studies (AS). But this degree course is open to all students with a background in humanities, social sciences and arts, too. Students may specialize in one of the following areas:

  • American literature and literary studies
  • American culture and cultural studies
  • American history and society

The master’s degree program focuses on American culture, literature, media and history while providing ample opportunities to work and research independently. In addition to building an individual schedule that further advances the students’ theoretical and practical work and research experiences, they may participate in an “Academic Training”, which provides insight into academic structures through attending workshops and conferences, and promotes specialized working and writing skills in the academic field.

More information on the master’s degree course American Studies can be found in the Modulhandbuch (German only, PDF) and the Prüfungsordnung (German only, PDF).


Master Anglophone Literatures, Cultures and Media (MA ALCM)

The Anglophone master’s degree course ALCM is divided into three sections:

  • Literature and Media Culture
  • Literature and Cultural History und
  • Transcultural Anglophone Studies

The programme focuses on Anglophone culture, literature, media and history (except for the USA), while providing ample opportunities to work and research independently. In addition to building an individual schedule that further advances the students’ theoretical and practical work and research experiences, they may participate in an “Academic Training”, which provides insight into academic structures through attending workshops and conferences, and promotes specialised working and writing skills in the academic field.

More information on the master’s degree course ALCM can be found in the Modulhandbuch (German only, PDF), the Prüfungsordnung (German only, PDF), the official Master's Programme brochure (English, PDF) and the Course-specific information for the Master’s programme (English, PDF)


Moving Cultures - Transcultural Encounters (MA MCTE)

The trilingual master’s degree course Moving Cultures – Transcultural Encounters / Cultures en Mouvement / Culturas en Movimiento – Encuentros Transculturales (MCTE) is a cultural studies based course with an interdisciplinary approach and a focus on modern philology. In analysing of the literary, linguistic and social interrelation of cultures students can mainly choose from two major fields of study:

  • English Studies
  • Romance studies

Languages, literature, media and cultures as well as their transcultural dimensions are analysed with regard to the themes of migration and contact. The transcultural change in history is explored in geographical and historical contexts and examined through words, images, sounds as well as other sorts of media.

More information on the requirements, programme and general structure of the master’s degree course can be found in the Modulhandbuch (German only, PDF) and the Prüfungsordnung (German only, PDF).