School of Humanities

Master of Arts "English and American Studies" (M.A. Anglistik/Amerikanistik)

Welcome to the information pages of the MA programme “English and American Studies (Anglistik / Amerikanistik)” in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Wuppertal! Here you will find extensive information on this programme – its profile, organisation and structure; requirements for admission and the application procedure; the student advisory services; and the courses offered.

The programme can be started every summer and winter semester.

Application deadlines:
External application

30.06. for the winter semester
15.01. for the summer semester

Internal application
01.09. for the winter semester
01.03. for the summer semester

Examination Regulations Master of Arts "English and American Studies":

The Programme

You have finished and enjoyed your BA in English Literature and Language? And you want to know more? Then our newly designed Master of Arts (MA) “English and American Studies” is where you should be heading.

This research-oriented MA programme is taught jointly by faculty members from the Department of English and American Literature, Culture and Linguistics and the Department of Philosophy at Wuppertal University.

The programme is aimed at those students who are interested in anglophone literatures and/or English linguistics and who wish to acquire a more specialised knowledge of those fields. A primary objective of this programme is to acquaint our MA candidates with the newest approaches and methodologies and with current topics in the literary and cultural or the linguistic domain of English and American studies, thus enabling students to critically assess and to engage themselves in cutting-edge research.

MA students will focus either on linguistics or on literary and cultural studies. In addition to that there is an obligatory interdisciplinary module, which emphasises philosophical groundwork and a reflexive engagement with key concepts shared by linguistics and literary studies. Moreover, in two language practice modules, training will be provided for high-level oral and writing skills especially geared to the needs of academic and professional contexts.

The four-semester programme culminates in the students’ own research project, an MA thesis and its defence in the final semester.

With a MA degree in “English and American Studies” you will have an excellent academic foundation in what is arguably one of the most influential languages, literatures and cultures of the contemporary world. You will be prepared to apply for further research projects in the framework of PhD programmes (for example, within the Wuppertal Centre for Graduate Studies), or ready for a non-university career in fields as wide-ranging as media, science, and business – where your thorough intellectual schooling and methodological, analytical, and communicative competences will stand you in good stead.

Study Plans:

Admission Requirements

Those seeking admission to the MA programme “English and American Studies (Anglistik / Amerikanistik)” must have completed a Bachelor programme in English (or English and American Studies) of no less than six semesters, achieving a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of “gut” (or “B” in the ECTS system). This Bachelor programme must comprise a total of at least 180 ECTS credits, with at least 76 of these credits in the subject area English (including English and American Studies).

At least 30 credits must have been acquired in the subject area of literary and cultural studies (for the option 'literature and culture') or in the subject area of linguistics (for the option 'linguistics').

Applicants also need to provide evidence of their German language ability at the level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Provisional Admission:

If, for reasons beyond the applicant’s control, documentation cannot be submitted in its entirety, s/he can provide individual course certificates. In this case, the examination committee can admit the applicant on a provisional basis, providing that s/he submits all documentation before registering for any examination or within one year of beginning his/her studies, whichever comes first.

Application Procedure

1. Ensure that you satisfy the formal requirements (see Admission Requirements 1) for admission to the MA programme “English and American Studies (Anglistik / Amerikanistik)”. If in doubt, contact one of the advisors for this study programme.

2. Apply online to the admissions office (Studierendensekretariat) at the University of Wuppertal.

3. Apply at the same time to the Faculty of Humanities (Fachbereich A: Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften) at the University of Wuppertal. You will find the appropriate form here (or below under "application documents"):
Application form for admission ("Antrag auf Zulassung")

4. If you satisfy the requirements for admission or provisional admission you will receive an admission document. If you submit the admission document to the admissions office (Studierendensekretariat), you will be enrolled.

Application documents

Please download the application form for admission ("Antrag auf Zulassung"), fill it in on your computer, and send a signed copy to:

Bergische Universität Wuppertal

Fachbereich A: Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften

MA “Anglistik / Amerikanistik”

z. Hd. des / der Prüfungsausschussvorsitzenden

Gaußstraße 20

42119 Wuppertal

Please attach the following documents to your application:

- A copy of your university degree certificate (see Admission Requirements 1), including a list of completed courses (usually an academic record or transcript).

If you wish to apply for provisional admission, please include the following documents with your application:

- Confirmation of completed courses in English or Anglistik / Amerikanistik (academic record or transcript, and additional records, if applicable).

In addition to the above application, you must also submit an online application to the admissions office (Studierendensekretariat).

Those educated outside Germany should please note the following:

If educated outside Germany, you must apply via uni-assist e.V. or in certain specific cases directly via Student Admission and Registration for International Students (Internationales Studierendensekretariat) in addition to filling in the application form of admission mentioned above and sending it to the address mentioned there as well. All further information about who to contact can be found on the web pages of the International Office:

You can reach uni-assist at the following address:

You can find information about the equivalence of international educational qualifications with German qualifications in the database „Anabin“ - the central office for questions of international education:

Please note the special deadlines for the application via uni-assist:

summer term 15.11.-15.01.
winter term 15.05.-30.06.

Who to contact

Those educated outside Germany who have questions about the procedure should contact the office of Student Admission and Registration for International Students intsek[at] .

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