Master English Studies: Selection procedure

German version

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.

For the winter semester 2022/23 the application deadline is 1 July 2022.

The application deadline for summer semesters (only for applicants transferring from other universities who have already accrued credits that can be recognised for the Masters programme) is always 10 January. Please get in contact with Prof. Ruge by then (but better as early as possible) and provide relevant transcripts with previous credits that can be recognised for our MA English Studies. Regularly, i.e. without previous credits, it is only possible to begin our MA programme in the winter semester.

(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 usually 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.

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 usually first take a written proficiency test (C-Test). This will be held at the department on

Tuesday 02 August 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

This demo version shows how the c-test works; please note that the number of letters missing in a word is the same as the number of letters already given, or one more in case of an odd number of letters. So if "t_" is given, only one or two letters are missing. The c-test we use will consist of several such texts and will have 100 gaps. For the winter semester 2022/23 selection procedure, should we have to change the testing procedure in any way due to the pandemic, you will find information on details here as soon as possible.

The selection committee applies the results of the test as follows:

  • grade 1 or 2: candidate is invited to a selection interview;
  • grade 3, 4 or 5: candidate is not accepted to the Masters programme in English Studies.
You will be informed about the result of the oral proficiency test after all the tests are over. You will then know whether or not you are to be invited for a selection interview which will probably be on the same day as the written language proficiency test.

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. In this interview, your competence in English Studies will of course be relevant.

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 for applications for the winter semester]

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 applications must be submitted by 10 January - in that case, please contact Prof. Ruge in time. 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

The essay topics for applications for the winter semester 2022/23 are:

How can teachers promote successful learning in the EFL classroom?
Elaborate on 6 aspects!

Medieval Studies:
How can historical linguistics and/or medieval studies contribute to a better understanding of today’s patterns and effects of migration and multilinguality? Select a topic related to a) the language(s) of medieval England or b) an Old or Middle English literary text and discuss its present-day relevance!

In language, everything depends on context. But what is context? Discuss, taking a linguistic perspective!

Literary Studies:
Does it matter who is the author of a literary work, after all? Discuss!

Please write a 1,000-word essay in English on one of these topics.

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. Günther or 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

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)