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English Philology (M.A.)

Come and explore the world of English! The MA programme in English Language and Literature 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.


Degree programme title: English Philology (M.A.)
Final degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters
Start: Each summer and winter semester
Part-time studies possible
Degree programme options: Single Honours MA in English Philology (78 C); Joint Honours MA in English Philology (42 C); module packages: English Philology as MA minor subjects (36 C/18 C); Anglophone Literature and Culture as MA minor subject (36 C); Language in Focus: Linguistics and Medieval English Studies as MA minor subject (36 C)
Admission requirements for Single and Joint Honours MA: Overview
Language requirements: Demonstration of sufficient English language skills by earning the minimum required grade on an internationally recognised test.
Entrance requirements for module packages: Overview
Note for international applicants: German language skills do not have to be demonstrated for the enrolment.
Application: application procedure (application to the faculty of humanities)
The programme is taught in: English


Description of the Degree Programme:
The course provides an in-depth, specialised education in English Philology, 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.

Degree programme structure:
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    Formal specialisation:
    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.



Focus of Research in Göttingen:
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.

Language skills during the academic programme:
German language skills (if not already present) be acquired in the electives during the academic programme.

Professional fields:
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.