M.A. in British Studies 2018, Germany


April 30, 2018

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M.A. British Studies 2018

Course Objectives

  • to add competence in British Studies to qualifications acquired during their first-degree course

  • to prepare students for positions in firms and institutions in an international context

  • to promote cross-cultural understanding, communication and mobility

  • to teach students interdisciplinary methods and approaches enabling them to think and work contextually

  • to provide students with an understanding of British society, culture, institutions and economy in a European perspective

Course structure

The postgraduate course is an interdisciplinary teaching programme over 2 years. Having successfully completed the Certificate Phase during the first year, students receive a British Studies certificate. After successful completion of the entire course, students are awarded the degree M.A. British Studies.

The Certificate Phase comprises about 30 weeks of teaching stretching over 2 semesters. The first semester (Core Programme) consists of a series of compulsory lectures and seminars. In the second semester (Options Programme) students can choose 3 out of 6 options. Students have to attend an average of at least 20 hours of classes per week. These may include suitable classes taught in other departments.

During the Master Phase students take part in advanced seminars including transdisciplinary optional modules, which can be chosen from other master programmes. As part of their work placement, they spend 3 months with a firm or institution in Britain or Ireland. The last 6 months of the Master Phase are dedicated to writing a thesis.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants should have a good first university degree.

  • Candidates are required to have a very good knowledge of English and a working knowledge of German.

Application requirements

Applicants need to have a university degree at the time of formal enrolment (October 2018). This first degree can be in any subject. With usually over 100 applications for 30 places, admission is highly competitive. The diversity in standards of university teaching and grading throughout the world makes it impossible to impose any formal requirements on the minimum grade to be obtained. As a rule of thumb, though, successful applicants with a Bachelor (e.g. BA, LLB, BSc) or similar degree tend to have graduated within the top 10-15%, successful applicants with a Master (e.g., MA, LLM, MSc) or similar degree within the top 15-20% of their class.

Applicants need to speak very good English. The application must contain proof of your proficiency in form of an ETS TOEFL certificate (minimum score of 600 for the paper-based test, 250 for the computer-based test, or 100 for the internet-based test), or a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (any grade), or a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (grade A or B), or an IELTS test (level 7.0). Neither a degree in English language, nor English language teaching experience will be considered as adequate proof. Only native speakers are exempt from this requirement. Lower scores than those required will substantially reduce your chances of being accepted onto the course. Furthermore, a working knowledge of German is highly advisable. 

Application procedure

A shortlist of candidates will usually be drawn up during May, with applicants invited for interviews which take place in Berlin, usually i n June. Interviews via telephone or skype will be conducted with applicants who cannot reasonably be expected to travel. Places are allocated and all applicants notified after completion of the interviews.


Applicants who are in need of a scholarship are strongly advised to apply to institutions such as the German Academic Exchange Service (http://www.daad.de), the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung (http://www.toepfer-fvs.de/) and to search for other opportunities via directories such as http://www.stiftungen.com. Please note that the German Academic Exchange Service operates with an earlier deadline than the course itself, usually November of the preceding year for enrolment in October.

Application checklist

To apply, please complete the form below and send it to the address given overleaf by the deadline. Your application must also include the following documents in the order in which they are listed below.

Important: Do not submit irreplaceable original documents, but send us certified copies. Please note: a simple copy of a certified copy is not itself a certified copy! The certified copy has to include an original official stamp and signature (public authority or notary) on it.

Please tick the boxes in order to indicate that the papers are attached

  • a detailed CV (in English);
  • a statement of motivation explaining why you would like to join this course; some 500 words are usually sufficient (in English);
  • a certified copy of your secondary school leaving certificate which qualifies for university studies (e.g. A-Levels certificate, Abiturzeugnis, Baccalaureat, High School Diploma) including a breakdown of subjects and grades – together with a certified English translation, unless the original is in English, German, or French;
  • a certified copy of your university degree certificate, including your final overall grade as well as a breakdown of subjects and grades – together with a certified English translation, unless the original is in English, German, or French. If you have yet to receive this, the program will require written confirmation of your expected final grade from your university. If neither the provision of a final, overall grade nor the prediction of such a grade is possible, you need to provide written confirmation from your university of this fact;
  • a certified copy of grade transcripts of your university studies – together with a certified English translation, unless the original is in English, German, or French (as above);
  • proof of your proficiency in the English language through ETS TOEFL, IELTS, CPE or CAE scores in original or in certified copy (in the case of IELTS and TOEFL a simple copy will suffice), to be sent directly to the Centre for British Studies, Mohrenstr. 60, 10117 Berlin (not the general postal address of Humboldt University); this does not apply to native speakers

Important: If you are presently in your final year at university and have not yet received your degree document you can nevertheless apply, provided you will have completed your present course before October. Please attach a confirmation of your university and a list of the subjects you have studied so far, including exam results, along with your predicted final grade. Additionally, you may, but need not supply one to three references, e.g. from university teachers or employers. 

Please send your complete application including the language test to Catherine Smith Großbritannien-Zentrum Humboldt-Universität Mohrenstraße 60 10117 Berlin Deutschland / Germany

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March 28, 2018
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