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MA Programme for English Studies

We welcome international students to the MA programme and value their contribution to a diverse academic debate and lively intercultural exchange that are indispensable in the fields of linguistic-, literary- and cultural studies.

Beginning with the winterterm 2020/21 applicants for the Master English Studies do not have to provide knowledge of the German language anymore. If you apply for the Two-Subject-Master (i.e. English Studies in combination with a second subject) you might have to provide knowledge of German for your second subject.

Even though the programme's language of instruction and examination is English, the language of administration is predominantly German. Important legal documents such as examination regulations and module guides, as well as parts of the website of the English Department can only be provided in German. Therefore, we strongly recommend that applicants have a good working knowlege of German at the start of their studies in Cologne, preferably on a level comparable to B2 CEF.

Please be aware that the programmes the English Department offers rely heavily on the students' autonomy and self-motivation. Due to the German academic tradition in general and the large number of students at the English Department in particular, students are personally responsible for handling the following matters:

  • Apply via Uni-Assist (Uni-Assist is an independent platform not associated with the English Department and has its own support team)
  • Become acquainted with KLIPS [Cologne Teaching, Information and Examination Services] and learn how to register for courses and/or examinations (Please see the exhaustive online tutorial of KLIPS in English: http://klips2-support.uni-koeln.de/en)
  • Choose courses and/or topics for examinations (the selection of courses depend on each student's individual academic interests and preferences)

We strive to provide all required information for students to successfully commence and complete their studies on our website. In case you cannot find an answer to your question there, please contact Dr. Shona Allan <Shona.AllanSpamProtectionuni-koeln.de> who acts as the supervisor for international students of the Master-programmes of the English Department.

Please note: all overseas students must apply through the internet portal Uni-Assist. The English Department does not accept any applications and cannot come to any decisions concerning the relevance for the MA programme of international qualifications (neither by email nor by phone) without the application having been submitted through Uni-Assist. Please do not send us any documents! We appreciate your understanding in this matter and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Information about the application process, Uni-Assist and deadlines can be found here:
https://phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/en/studium/masterbewerbung/application-procedure/applications-with-an-international-first-degree
 

Fields of Study

[Translate to Englisch:] Das Master-Studium English Studies soll die wissenschaftliche und forschungsorientierte Ausbildung in dem Bereich der englischen Sprachwissenschaft bzw. in dem Bereich der anglophonen Literaturen und Kulturen vertiefen. Sie werden in laufende Forschungsprojekte eingebunden, u.a. um sich selbstständig wissenschaftlich zu positionieren. Das Studium versetzt Sie in die Lage, analytische Fähigkeiten und Methodenkompetenzen vertieft auszuprägen, eigene Forschungsstrategien zu entwickeln sowie interdisziplinär mit KulturwissenschaftlerInnen anderer Fächer konstruktiv und zielorientiert zusammenzuarbeiten.

Der Kölner Masterstudiengang English Studies bietet zwei Studienrichtungen an: "English Linguistics" und "Anglophone Literature(s) and Culture(s)". Die beiden Studienrichtungen können miteinander kombiniert werden und bilden dann einen Ein-Fach-Master. Alternativ kann jede der beiden Studienrichtungen mit einem anderen Studienfach zu einem Zwei-Fach-Master kombiniert werden. Informationen über Kombinationsmöglichkeiten mit anderen Studiengängen finden Sie hier:
http://phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/737.html

Die Studienrichtung "English Linguistics" vertieft Kenntnisse auf verschiedenen synchronen und diachronen Ebenen der theoretischen und angewandten Sprachwissenschaft sowie über den Erwerb sprachlicher Kompetenz und theoretischer Modelle der Sprachwissenschaft. Sie fokussiert die Erweiterung sprachwissenschaftlicher Arbeitstechniken, die Fähigkeit zum kritischen Theorievergleich sowie die Fähigkeit zur methodenbasierten und theoriegeleiteten selbstständigen Analyse sprachlicher Daten auf den verschiedenen Beschreibungsebenen und Kompetenzstufen bzw. in den verschiedenen Perioden der englischen Sprache.

Die Studienrichtung "Anglophone Literature(s) and Culture(s)" erweitert literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Arbeitstechniken, vertieft literaturhistorisches, gattungs- und kontextspezifisches Überblickswissen über Epochen, Genres, Themen und Motive anglophoner Literatur und Kultur inkl. medialer Formen und vermittelt Kenntnisse einer umfassenden Palette literarischer Texte einschließlich der sprachlichen Voraussetzungen (von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart). Sie schult den kritisch-analytischen Umgang mit audiovisuellen Medien, textanalytische und kontextkritische Fertigkeiten und Vorgehensweisen auf Masterniveau und deren theoretische Reflexion, die selbstständige Erarbeitung eines größeren literarischen / kulturwissenschaftlichen Gegenstandsfeldes sowie die Entwicklung zu selbstständigem forschenden Arbeiten.

Schwerpunkte der Kölner English Studies sind
•    Film- und Medien-Studien
•    Literatur und Naturwissenschaften
•    Erforschung der Neuen Englischsprachigen Literaturen (Postkolonialismus-Forschung)
•    Gender- und Frauenforschung
•    (Historische) Korpuslinguistik
•    Psycholinguistik
•    Spracherwerbsforschung
•    Bilingualismus

Weiter Forschungsschwerpunkte der Lehrstühle entnehmen Sie bitte den individuellen Seiten der Professorinnen und Professoren.

Structure

While it is recommended to begin the English Studies master in the winter semester, it is also possible to begin in the summer semester. The suggested time to complete the course is four semesters (two years). Courses are taken in English and, while it is not compulsory to spend some time living in an English-speaking country, it is very highly recommended. Within the English Studies master programme, two fields of study are offered: "English Linguistics" and "Anglophone Literature(s) and Culture(s)". All modules include a compulsory exam, the results of which count towards the final grade of the master programme (except those of the 'Ergänzungsmodule'). The master thesis can be written as a follow up to a module taken during the master programme and can be empirical or non-empirical. A module plan with a detailed overview of the module exams can be found here:

English Studies as a single-subject-master

English Studies as a two-subject-master
 

Requirements

Applicants require a bachelor in English Studies or an equivalent degree programme with a final grade better than 2.5 according to the German grading system. It is also possible for bachelor graduates as well as graduates with a comparable qualification of a related subject to be accepted, providing their having attained a minimum of 40 CP in their previous degree for courses related to the MA programme English Studies and a final grade better than 2.5. This will be checked by the English Department I after the application has been submitted via Uni-Assist.

Language Requirements:

Beginning with the winterterm 2020/21, applicants for the Master English Studies do not have to provide knowledge of the German language anymore. [If you apply for the Two-Subject-Master (i.e. English Studies in combination with a second subject) you might have to provide knowledge of German for your second subject].

Even though the programme's language of instruction and examination is English, the language of administration is predominantly German. Important legal documents such as examination regulations and module guides, as well as parts of the website of the English Department can only be provided in German. Therefore, we strongly recommend that applicants have a good working knowlege of German at the start of their studies in Cologne, preferably on a level comparable to B2 CEF.

Upon application, applicants must be able to present proof of their proficiency in the English language at the level of C1 (CEF = Common European Framework), e.g. through the completion of a degree programme for which a B2 (CEF) level of proficiency is required.

In addition, students must be proficient in a further foreign language (B1 level (CEF) for modern European foreign languages) or have completed the intermediate Latin certificate (das "kleine Latinum") and be able to present documented verification respectively. These can be attained throughout the course of the degree and must be completed by the time of registration for the master thesis in the deanery (Dekanat). The Examinations Office (Prüfungsamt) for the Humanities Faculty is the point of contact for students concerning these matters.
http://www.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/2050.html#c7976

If you have further questions concerning the requirements please contact the Master admission's office via one of these addresses:

Enrolment

The enrolment fee at the University of Cologne is approx. 200€ per semester.

The first point of call for international students is the International Office (das Akademische Auslandsamt), which is responsible for applicants and enrolment. After enrolment the Centre for International and Public relations (das Zentrum für Internationale Beziehungen und Öffentlichkeitarbeit) of the Humanities Faculty becomes responsible for the supervision of international students.