Master English Studies

German version

winter term 2020/21: important dates
exam registration in LSF (WiSe 2020/21): Januar 18-29, 2021
Deadline for handing in the MA thesis: 1st of March 2021 --> due to the lockdown in December 2020, this date will be postponed; more information can be found here.

summer term 2021: important dates
Registration for the MA thesis (SoSe 2021): 06.04.-09.04.2021
Deadline for handing in the MA thesis (SoSe 2021): 24.08.2021

Entry Requirements

It is only possible to begin this Masters programme in the winter semester of each year.

Enrolment for the Masters in English Studies is dependent on successful completion of a selection procedure. Only after successful completion of the selection procedure is it possible for candidates to take the next step and enrol for the Masters programme in English Studies. The basic prerequisite for admission to the selection procedure is a first degree in English Studies with a final grade of 2.5 (good) or above (or the equivalent thereof).


Outline of the programme

The Masters in English Studies is a four-semester programme delivered in the English language. Courses are offered in Linguistics (synchronic and diachronic), Literary and Cultural Studies and in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). In addition, the opportunity is given to further improve students’ usage of the English language.

The Masters programme in English studies provides 120 credit points in total (2 modules, each with 15 credits, per semester) which means that there is no minor subject in addition.

The programme is divided into basic modules and so-called profile modules. In the first three semesters the curriculum requires students to take one basis and one profile module each semester. Students can decide for themselves whether they wish to take these modules from the same discipline (Linguistics, Literary Studies or TEFL) or if they prefer to mix them.

This means that within the framework of the Masters programme it is possible to choose your modules in such a way that you cover all disciplines in English Studies, specialising only in the fourth semester through the choice of your thesis topic. On the other hand, the study plan/curriculum also allows students the option of choosing all their modules from either Linguistics (synchronic or diachronic) or Literary Studies, thus specialising in one of these disciplines from the very beginning.

In addition, students can specialise even further within linguistics, choosing between synchronic and diachronic branches of the subject. It is also possible to opt for a specialisation in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Students who wish to specialise in a field outside English Studies can opt, in their second and third semesters, for profile modules in the section Gemeinsamen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Profilbereich (joint section for humanities and social sciences). This provides them with access to a wide range of further subjects on offer at the LMU.

Please note: You can now see two entries for the "Gemeinsamer Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Profilbereich" in LSF:

- If you are in your second or higher MA semester in winter term 2020/21, please select from "Profilbereich [insgesamt 30 ECTS sind zu wählen]" in "Register for courses" and from "Gemeinsamer Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Profilbereich (PO 2012)" in the course catalog

- If you are a first semester of the MA in winter term 2020/21, the relevant entry is "Profilbereich 2020 [Immatrikulation in den Masterstudiengang ab Wintersemester 2020/21]" in "Register for courses" and  "Gemeinsamer Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Profilbereich (PO 2020)" in the course catalog

 If you have general questions about the Masters programme, please contact Dr. Falkner or Dr. Günther. If you have any questions related to the selection procedure for the Masters programme in English Studies, please contact Prof. Ruge.

The curriculum also includes a compulsory stay abroad in an English-speaking country.

The exact structure of the individual modules is described in the study plan, based on the Prüfungs- und Studienordnung (2017; publ. 1st June 2018).




 MA Thesis

According to the exam regulations and the study plan, students are expected to register for the MA thesis at the end of their third semester ("Fachsemester"/ FS); the latest possible time for registering the MA thesis is at the end of the fourth FS. Beginning with the first day of the registration period, students have 20 weeks to finish the thesis. The length of the thesis is between 60.000 and max. 90.000 characters (i.e. approximately 40-60 pages).

Registration is at the faculty exam office PAGS via the study manager (Dr. Günther), the registration periods are announced on the website of PAGS where you can also find the relevant forms. At the latest, this form has to be with the study manager at 12:00 on the last day of the registation period.

Students have to hand in two copies of the printed MA thesis (each including title page and a declaration concerning plagiarism) at the PAGS. (NB: Please note the slighty different versions of the title page for male and female students.)

The deadlines for the registration and submission of the thesis will be announced on the PAGS website.