International Master's Program on British Studies 2017, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Publish Date: Mar 23, 2017

Deadline: Apr 30, 2017

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.

Certificate Phase

The obligatory part of the course consists of the following modules (including lectures, seminars, theme-oriented project works etc.):

  • Introductory Module
  • History
  • Law, Economics, Politics
  • Interdisciplinary Project I
  • Career Skills: Academic Writing and Project Management

Thereafter, students are free to specialise by choosing three out of these six options: 

  • Interdisciplinary Project II
  • Economics and Management
  • Politics and Society
  • Law in Context
  • Media, History, and Culture
  • Culture and Literature

Master Phase

Students attend the following Advanced Seminar modules (of which some may be substituted for master courses at other institutes):

  • Advanced Academic Writing and Debating
  • Advanced Seminars - Theory and Research
  • Advanced Project Workshop

The Master Phase is completed by a 3-month work placement and a 6-month thesis.

Work Placements 

We are also grateful to the numerous and prestigious British organisations that have supported us by providing placements for our students. These include the House of Commons, the National Museums of Scotland, the Roald Dahl Museum, the National Trust, Pearson Plc, the European Documentation Centre Cardiff, Birmingham City Council, Cheltenham Literature Festivals, the Henry Jackson Society, Brookside Publishing Dublin, Bath Festivals and the German-British Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Applications should be made by 30 April of the year in which the student intends to start the course. Please use the application form available as a download in pdf format. Please submit certified copies of original certificates. Copies of certified copies are not valid. 


Language test certificates are required from all applicants with the exception of native speakers. For further details please see the application form. In order to avoid delays, please arrange for test centres to send the test certificate to the Centre for British Studies, Mohrenstraße 60, 10117 Berlin rather than to Humboldt University's main postal address. 

Selected candidates will be invited for interviews that usually take place in the second half of June. Places are allocated early in July.

Please note that no decisions concerning the allocation of places for interview are made prior to all applications having been received and read, which, due to the high volume of applications received each year, usually means several weeks after the deadline. You will be notified regardless of the outcome of your application, so please be patient. 

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