English Studies MA
The aim of the Master’s degree programme in English studies is to expand and consolidate the methodological and specific knowledge and skills acquired in a Bachelor’s degree in English studies. This degree programme emphasises research-oriented study and a broad interdisciplinary approach and combines traditional competencies in literary studies and linguistics with skills in new cultural and instructional techniques. This approach qualifies students for independent academic work as well as careers in professions that emphasise linguistics, literary studies as well as information science.
Over the course of the first three semesters, students complete four seminars, four lectures and two research-oriented independent studies projects, supervised by professors. Within these curricular restraints, students can still individually plan their learning content and focus on their needs and interests. Students are required to complete their Master's thesis and prepare for the final oral examination in the fourth semester.
Entry requirements are:
1. Knowledge of English at C2 level of the European Framework of Reference, demonstrated e.g. by an appropriate certificate, a TOEFL (IBT) score of 115 points, IELTS 7.5 or CPE grade B), a relevant bachelor's degree from an English-speaking foreign country or other proof of corresponding language skills.
2. A degree obtained with above-average success in the course of English Studies / English Studies or in courses of study with essentially the same content at a domestic or foreign university, for which a standard period of study of at least three years of study is fixed, or a degree recognized as equivalent. For the Master's programme English Studies / English Studies (main subject), the subject content must usually be at least 50% or 70 credit points. In exceptional cases, a subject share of less than 50%, but at least 20% or 28 credit points is sufficient. For the Master's programme English Studies / English Studies Accompanying subject (20 CP), the subject content must be at least 20% or 28 credit points.
3. The suitability for the course of study is determined on the basis of the overall grade of the relevant academic final examination acc. Para. 3, supplemented by a selection examination in accordance with Art. § 4. It is checked whether the applicant has the necessary language skills and previous knowledge in the specialist areas of the chosen focus (English language or literary studies) for the Master's degree program English Studies / English Studies at Heidelberg University, as well as the motivation for the desired study and the desired profession.
In cases of doubt, the Admission Committee shall decide on the equivalence of previous training and the comparability of qualified qualifications. When recognising foreign degrees, the recommendations of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs as well as agreements within the framework of university partnerships must be observed. In cases of doubt, the Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen (ZAB) is consulted.
If the degree has not yet been completed by the end of the application period in accordance with § 2 paragraph 2 or 3, a provisional certificate from the University of Applied Sciences on the services provided up to that point is sufficient with the assurance that the corresponding degree will probably be completed by the beginning of the semester for which admission is requested. The applicant takes part in the admission and selection procedure with an average grade, which is determined on the basis of his previous examination achievements; the result of the degree remains unnoticed for the selection process.
The University may require that the documents on which the admission decision is based be presented in the original at the time of enrollment.