Master English Studies: Selection procedure

German version

The selection procedure for our Masters Programme in English Studies has been revised. If you visited this website before 23 May 2020, you will not have the most recent information, so please read the following carefully before you submit your application for the winter semester 2020/21.

In order to enrol for the Masters Programme in English Studies at the LMU it is necessary to have successfully completed the selection procedure. The basic admission prerequisite is a grade of at least 2.5, or an international grade equivalent thereof, in a previous university degree (e.g. Bachelor) in English Studies.

You do not have to provide formal evidence of knowledge of German, but please be aware that you will need sound knowledge of German in order to find your way around our university and about town.

The application deadline for the winter semester 2020/21 is 1 July 2020, for the summer semester 2021 (only for applicants transferring from other universities who have already accrued recognised credits for the Masters programme) it is 10 January 2021.

(NB: Most other course programmes offered in English Studies - Bachelor of Arts and most of our Lehramt programmes - have a different selection procedure, the so-called Eignungsfeststellungsverfahren or EFV.)

1. Procedure:

The selection procedure consists of two stages.

At the first stage, the initial prerequisite is the final grade of your first degree. Your first degree must be in a course in (or closely related to) English Studies (not, e.g., in "Translation"), and the grade must be 2.5 or better (or the equivalent thereof). We also need proof of your competence in English at level C 1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). (If you cannot provide a certificate, you will be admitted to a 30-minute written proficiency test (C-Test) in phase 2 of the procedure. In that case please get in contact with Prof. Ruge before submitting your application.) And you will need to submit an essay in English (about 1,000 words) on one out of several topics which will be announced here during the application period (1 June until 1 July). Your essay will be evaluated by the selection commission. If a decision can be made at this stage already whether you can be accepted or not, the result will be communicated to you in writing.

If not, you will be informed that your application will enter stage 2 of the procedure. This will require your presence in Munich. The precise date will be announced here; for the winter semester 2020/21 it will probably be

Wednesday 29 July 2020

If changes of dates are necessary due to the current situation, this will be announced here at least two weeks in advance.

If you did not provide a C 1 English language certificate in phase 1 (in which case you need to get in touch with Prof. Ruge before submitting your application!), you will first take a written proficiency test (C-Test). The C-test for the winter semester 2020/21 will be on

Wednesday morning 29 July 2020, 9:00 am,

in our Multimedia-Labor, room 420a, Schellingstraße 3 VG, fourth floor.

Although the actual test only takes 30 minutes, it may be helpful to plan in some waiting time in case there is a large number of candidates. The test consists of several authentic texts in which half of every second word has been removed and needs to be reconstructed by the candidate (demo version - NB: it is not necessary to register on the Uni Münster homepage to do the demo version; simply click on weiter (continue) on the first page). The selection committee applies the results of the written proficiency test as follows:

  • 77 to 100 points: candidate is invited to a selection interview;
  • fewer than 77 points: candidate is not accepted to the Masters programme in English Studies.
The result of the written proficiency test (C-test) will be published soon afterwards on a notice board (the exact time and place of publication will be given at the test). From this notice candidates will be able to see whether or not they are to be invited for a selection interview.

The selection interview is held by members of the selection committee and lasts approximately 15 minutes per person. There may be group interviews with up to three candidates.

The result of the selection procedure will be communicated to applicants in writing.

Candidates who are invited to attend the second stage of the selection procedure and do not turn up at the stipulated date/time are deemed "not suitable" and are therefore not accepted for the Masters programme in English Studies.

Candidates who can convince the selection committee in writing that they are unable to attend for reasons beyond their control will be given an alternative date. NB: this written notification must be submitted BEFORE the actual test date.


Candidates who are not successful in the selection procedure are allowed to repeat their application one more time at the next possible date, one year later (application deadline 1 July). A further repetition is not possible. Candidates who choose to repeat their application should note that a complete application needs to be submitted again by the stipulated deadline.

2. Application:

Applications for admission to the selection procedure for the Masters programme in English Studies should be submitted electronically via our

online application form [accessible here from 1 June onward]

between 1 June and 1 July (for enrolment in the following winter semester). In exceptional cases (i.e. students who have already completed one (or more) semesters of a Masters programme at other universities) candidates can also apply for enrolment in the summer semester in which case the application deadline is 10 January. No applications can be accepted after the deadline.

The application should include the following:

      • your complete personal information in the online application form
      • a curriculum vitae in tabular format
      • a copy of your first academic degree (if necessary with an official translation)
      • alternatively, if this is not part of your degree certificate or if your first degree is not yet completed, a list of your credits to date (Transcript of Records), if necessary with an official translation
      • a 1,000-word essay in English on one out of several topics to be announced here (see 2.1 below) on 1 June
      • proof of your competence in English on level C 1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) (see 2.2 below). If you cannot provide a certificate, you will be admitted to a 30-minute written proficiency test (C-Test) in phase 2 of the procedure. In that case please get in contact with Prof. Ruge before submitting your application.
All candidates who submit complete applications by the stipulated deadline, who fulfill the prerequisite of a first degree in English Studies with a grade of 2.5 or above and who have not had any information from us to the contrary are admitted to the selection procedure.

2.1 Essay topics

Applicants are requested to write a research-oriented essay in English on one of the following topics.

1. What is the particular contribution of medieval studies to our understanding of modern cultures? Select a topic related to language, literature or culture in medieval England and discuss its contemporary relevance!
2. 'You shall know a word by the company it keeps' (J.R. Firth). Discuss!
3. Effective English language teaching – Which aspects do you consider to be essential for the ELT classroom? Elaborate on six aspects!
4. Do we need a literary canon in English Studies? Discuss!

The essay should not be longer than ca. 1000 words or 2,5 pages (excluding the bibliography). It must include at least four secondary sources, only one of which may be a web-based source (academic books and articles and academic journals accessed via libraries or academic sites on the internet are, of course, fine).

2.2 The following minimum scores are required for English language certificates:

  • TOEFL (internet-based): 100
  • TOEFL (computer-based): 250
  • TOEFL (paper-based): 600
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency: C
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C
  • IELTS: 7 points

3. Please note:

The selection procedure is merely a requirement for registration at the LMU. For this reason no further documentation (e.g. certificate of exmatriculation, health insurance certificates) is needed at this stage. The recognition of credits from a Masters programme in English Studies at a different university is not part of the selection procedure. This is done on an individual basis, please contact Dr. Falkner for that.

In addition to the successful completion of this selection procedure, the usual further requirements apply in order to be able to register for studies at this university (e.g. the legal adequacy of your first degree). This means that a positive result in our selection procedure does not automatically guarantee you a place at the LMU. For information on further requirements please contact the LMU International Office (international students) or Student Office (Studentenkanzlei, German students).

Important note for international students:

International students also need to apply to the LMU International Office (Referat für Internationale Angelegenheiten). All the steps required for international students are described in the leaflet provided by the International Office. Please be aware that the English Department's selection procedure described above refers to step 1 only.
In order to be allowed to register at the LMU for the MA English Studies programme (step 4), therefore, you need to have two letters of acceptance: the letter of acceptance from the International Office (steps 2 and 3) PLUS the letter of acceptance issued by the English Department (step 1) which you get AFTER you have successfully completed our selection procedure.

Please be aware that there are deadlines for each of these steps; the pertinent deadlines for these steps can be found on the website of the International Office and of the English Department respectively.

4. Contact:

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

5. Legal basis of the selection procedure:

The legal basis for the selection procedure is the statute concerning the Eignungsverfahren für den Masterstudiengang English Studies (PDF, 38 KB) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München of 27 May, 2020.

6. Data protection regulations (PDF, 155 kB)