Language & Literature

English-Speaking Cultures: Language, Text, Media

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The MA in "English-Speaking Cultures: Language , Text, Media" is a programme aimed at students with a background in English Studies, North American Studies, Linguistics (with English Linguistics as the main component), Comparative Studies (with a focus on English Linguistics or Literatures and Cultures in English), or related subjects.

It offers students the possibility of extending their previous studies within a highly flexible, research-based, structured teaching programme. Students can specialize in one of th... more » more »


Basic data

Title on graduation

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

More information at Application and enrolment

Enrolment for new students

for winter semester

without restriction

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

15.07.

Enrolment for advanced students

for winter and for summer semester

without restriction

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

15.07. resp. 15.01.

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The MA in "English-Speaking Cultures: Language , Text, Media" is a programme aimed at students with a background in English Studies, North American Studies, Linguistics (with English Linguistics as the main component), Comparative Studies (with a focus on English Linguistics or Literatures and Cultures in English), or related subjects.

It offers students the possibility of extending their previous studies within a highly flexible, research-based, structured teaching programme. Students can specialize in one of the three profile areas:

(1) British, North American and Postcolonial Literatures;

(2) Linguistics: Varieties,Medialities and Applications (including language variation and innovation,
contact linguistics, multimodal linguistics, trans-, multi- and intermediality studies,
as well as language teaching and assessment);

(3) British, NorthAmerican and Postcolonial Cultural History (including the an analysis of cultural
artifacts and materials).

In addition, students develop specific competences in advanced communication  by focusing on the use of English in the professional world and by refining their investigation, presentation, and negotiation
skills. The study programme is multidisciplinary in its general orientation, involving literary, cultural, and linguistic approaches.

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

Upon completion of the M.A. programme, students may choose to continue on PhD research or seek a career in non-academic occupational fields, such as further education, political institutions, public administration, the publishing industry, the media, non-governmental organisations, or the corporate sector.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admission to doctoral studies.

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

The study programme extends over a period of 4 semesters (two years) including the M.A. thesis. The curriculum reflects the research-oriented nature of the study programme, providing ample opportunity to acquire the needed research skills and knowledge and to work on honing those skills for concrete research tasks within areas of specialisation.

The first semester comprises the orientation phase, recognising the fact that enrolled students may come from several disciplinary backgrounds. An orientation module offers a series of lectures illustrating the scope, aims, and current research projects undertaken in each of the three specialisation areas. This is combined with overview seminars in each of the three specialisation areas; students must select two of these overview seminars. The semester also includes the first part of an obligatory module for advanced communication skills. Finally, a further supplementary-studies module must be taken; students choosing three courses (over two semesters) from a pool comprising a selection of language courses (e.g. German for non-German speakers), courses from relevant neighbouring disciplines, and/or courses on soft skills.

The second semester builds on the first with two extension modules, comprising two courses each. The first extension module sets out theories, concepts, current research trends and methods in each of the specialisation areas; the second extension module focuses on specific topics and themes from the current research landscape in each of the specialisation areas. Practical skills are also developed further in the second part of the module extending advanced communication skills, as well as in a module focussing on practical academic work experience in which students gain experience from a wide range of activities, such as conference or workshop organisation, work-experience in relevant institutions or companies, active participation in conferences, workshops, or tutorials.

In the third semester, the modules of the programme provide the opportunity for a strong specialisation in the focus areas on offer, constituting concrete preparation for the work to be undertaken for the M.A. thesis. A specialisation module offers two advanced courses in each of the programme’s three focus areas. A research module provides the scope within which a single research project, including theories, methods, corpora, literature research, and so on, is undertaken. The research project is a major element of the programme, conducted primarily in individual or group work, closely guided by a supervisor selected by the student. In this way, students gain in-depth experience in the planning, design, analysis and written description of a research project in preparation for the M.A. thesis. Finally, a second module for academic work experience refines and develops students’ skills through further practical activities, students being required to select activities that they did not cover in the first academic work experience module.

In the final, fourth semester the students' focus is solely on the M.A. thesis, including a research colloquium for thesis preparation and writing the thesis itself. Ideally, the M.A. thesis should build directly on the research project begun in the third semester, drawing on the additional extension modules taken.

 

It is possible for students to construct their own specialisations with considerable flexibility: the selection of courses within the extension modules can either focus more narrowly on single specialisation areas, or maintain greater breadth with courses from one or two of these areas. However, it is strongly recommended that the final M.A. project be undertaken in a primary specialisation area that each student builds for herself or himself.

The successful completion of each module earns students a certain number of credit points reflecting the average workload for the module in question. 1 CP corresponds to 30 hours of work including the in-course sessions at university, preparation, reading and other homework, etc. A module is a coherent teaching unit concerning a specific topic. The extension modules and specialisation module consist of two courses, which need to be selected from a pool of courses on offer; the orientation module consists of a lecture series and two courses; the research module consists of one course, while the final master thesis module consist of an accompanying research colloquium and the master thesis; the supplementary studies module consist of three courses; the academic work experience module requires the collection of certificates from a number of activities, depending on the workload. It is necessary to gain the requisite CP in each of the modules set out in the curriculum in order to successfully complete the programme. In each semester an average of 30 CP should be accomplished. Over the course of the 4 semesters (2 years) 120 CP in total must be acquired.

Course schedule

Curriculum overview:

blogs.uni-bremen.de/maesc/files/2018/03/Studienverlaufsplan.pdf

Detailed module descriptions:

blogs.uni-bremen.de/maesc/modules/

Major fields

Three profile areas:

(1) British, North American and Postcolonial Literatures

(2) Linguistics : Varieties, Medialities and Applications (including language variation and innovation,
contact linguistics, multimodal linguistics, trans-, multi- and intermediality studies,
as well as language teaching and assessment)

(3) British, North American and Postcolonial Cultural History (including the analysis of cultural
artifacts and materials).

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

We seek graduate students who have a strong record of academic performance as undergraduate students and take a keen interest in theory-oriented, methodologically rigorous research and its applications.

To apply, students must have a B.A. degree, an M.A. degree or the equivalent in English Studies, North American Studies, Linguistics (with English Linguistics as the main component), Comparative Studies (with either English Linguistics and/or Literatures and/or Cultures in the English-speaking world as its main component), or a related field. For students with a background in Linguistics, at least 60 credit points (CP1) of the previous programme must have been earned in the field of English. Students who have not yet completed their B.A. degree may nonetheless apply if they have completed the greater part of their studies (corresponding to at least 150 CP, 60 CP of which must be in an English-related subject). In such cases, admission can be granted on the condition that every other requirement with respect to the admission regulations has been fulfilled and that the B.A. degree will be successfully completed at the latest two weeks after the start of the M.A. programme lecture period. Students who have a degree worth 180 credit points (CP) with no discernible differences in terms of content, workload, and requirements in relation to the aforementioned undergraduate (or graduate) degrees may also apply.

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

without restriction


for advanced students

without restriction


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 15.07. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 15.07. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

4 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

The research profile of the teaching faculty includes aspects of cultural history, gender studies, rewritings of Shakespeare, science novels, travel narratives, Hollywood and transnational cinema, varieties of English and corpus linguistics, multimodality, as well as language testing and assessment.

See also www.fb10.uni-bremen.de/anglistik/personal.aspx

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Description of subject

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The MA in "English-Speaking Cultures: Language , Text, Media" is a programme aimed at students with a background in English Studies, North American Studies, Linguistics (with English Linguistics as the main component), Comparative Studies (with a focus on English Linguistics or Literatures and Cultures in English), or related subjects.

It offers students the possibility of extending their previous studies within a highly flexible, research-based, structured teaching programme. Students can specialize in one of the three profile areas:

(1) British, North American and Postcolonial Literatures;

(2) Linguistics: Varieties,Medialities and Applications (including language variation and innovation,
contact linguistics, multimodal linguistics, trans-, multi- and intermediality studies,
as well as language teaching and assessment);

(3) British, NorthAmerican and Postcolonial Cultural History (including the an analysis of cultural
artifacts and materials).

In addition, students develop specific competences in advanced communication  by focusing on the use of English in the professional world and by refining their investigation, presentation, and negotiation
skills. The study programme is multidisciplinary in its general orientation, involving literary, cultural, and linguistic approaches.

Occupational fields and career opportunities

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

Upon completion of the M.A. programme, students may choose to continue on PhD research or seek a career in non-academic occupational fields, such as further education, political institutions, public administration, the publishing industry, the media, non-governmental organisations, or the corporate sector.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admission to doctoral studies.

Objectives and contents of program

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

The study programme extends over a period of 4 semesters (two years) including the M.A. thesis. The curriculum reflects the research-oriented nature of the study programme, providing ample opportunity to acquire the needed research skills and knowledge and to work on honing those skills for concrete research tasks within areas of specialisation.

The first semester comprises the orientation phase, recognising the fact that enrolled students may come from several disciplinary backgrounds. An orientation module offers a series of lectures illustrating the scope, aims, and current research projects undertaken in each of the three specialisation areas. This is combined with overview seminars in each of the three specialisation areas; students must select two of these overview seminars. The semester also includes the first part of an obligatory module for advanced communication skills. Finally, a further supplementary-studies module must be taken; students choosing three courses (over two semesters) from a pool comprising a selection of language courses (e.g. German for non-German speakers), courses from relevant neighbouring disciplines, and/or courses on soft skills.

The second semester builds on the first with two extension modules, comprising two courses each. The first extension module sets out theories, concepts, current research trends and methods in each of the specialisation areas; the second extension module focuses on specific topics and themes from the current research landscape in each of the specialisation areas. Practical skills are also developed further in the second part of the module extending advanced communication skills, as well as in a module focussing on practical academic work experience in which students gain experience from a wide range of activities, such as conference or workshop organisation, work-experience in relevant institutions or companies, active participation in conferences, workshops, or tutorials.

In the third semester, the modules of the programme provide the opportunity for a strong specialisation in the focus areas on offer, constituting concrete preparation for the work to be undertaken for the M.A. thesis. A specialisation module offers two advanced courses in each of the programme’s three focus areas. A research module provides the scope within which a single research project, including theories, methods, corpora, literature research, and so on, is undertaken. The research project is a major element of the programme, conducted primarily in individual or group work, closely guided by a supervisor selected by the student. In this way, students gain in-depth experience in the planning, design, analysis and written description of a research project in preparation for the M.A. thesis. Finally, a second module for academic work experience refines and develops students’ skills through further practical activities, students being required to select activities that they did not cover in the first academic work experience module.

In the final, fourth semester the students' focus is solely on the M.A. thesis, including a research colloquium for thesis preparation and writing the thesis itself. Ideally, the M.A. thesis should build directly on the research project begun in the third semester, drawing on the additional extension modules taken.

 

It is possible for students to construct their own specialisations with considerable flexibility: the selection of courses within the extension modules can either focus more narrowly on single specialisation areas, or maintain greater breadth with courses from one or two of these areas. However, it is strongly recommended that the final M.A. project be undertaken in a primary specialisation area that each student builds for herself or himself.

The successful completion of each module earns students a certain number of credit points reflecting the average workload for the module in question. 1 CP corresponds to 30 hours of work including the in-course sessions at university, preparation, reading and other homework, etc. A module is a coherent teaching unit concerning a specific topic. The extension modules and specialisation module consist of two courses, which need to be selected from a pool of courses on offer; the orientation module consists of a lecture series and two courses; the research module consists of one course, while the final master thesis module consist of an accompanying research colloquium and the master thesis; the supplementary studies module consist of three courses; the academic work experience module requires the collection of certificates from a number of activities, depending on the workload. It is necessary to gain the requisite CP in each of the modules set out in the curriculum in order to successfully complete the programme. In each semester an average of 30 CP should be accomplished. Over the course of the 4 semesters (2 years) 120 CP in total must be acquired.

Course schedule

Curriculum overview:

blogs.uni-bremen.de/maesc/files/2018/03/Studienverlaufsplan.pdf

Detailed module descriptions:

blogs.uni-bremen.de/maesc/modules/

Major fields

Three profile areas:

(1) British, North American and Postcolonial Literatures

(2) Linguistics : Varieties, Medialities and Applications (including language variation and innovation,
contact linguistics, multimodal linguistics, trans-, multi- and intermediality studies,
as well as language teaching and assessment)

(3) British, North American and Postcolonial Cultural History (including the analysis of cultural
artifacts and materials).

Application and enrolment

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

We seek graduate students who have a strong record of academic performance as undergraduate students and take a keen interest in theory-oriented, methodologically rigorous research and its applications.

To apply, students must have a B.A. degree, an M.A. degree or the equivalent in English Studies, North American Studies, Linguistics (with English Linguistics as the main component), Comparative Studies (with either English Linguistics and/or Literatures and/or Cultures in the English-speaking world as its main component), or a related field. For students with a background in Linguistics, at least 60 credit points (CP1) of the previous programme must have been earned in the field of English. Students who have not yet completed their B.A. degree may nonetheless apply if they have completed the greater part of their studies (corresponding to at least 150 CP, 60 CP of which must be in an English-related subject). In such cases, admission can be granted on the condition that every other requirement with respect to the admission regulations has been fulfilled and that the B.A. degree will be successfully completed at the latest two weeks after the start of the M.A. programme lecture period. Students who have a degree worth 180 credit points (CP) with no discernible differences in terms of content, workload, and requirements in relation to the aforementioned undergraduate (or graduate) degrees may also apply.

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

without restriction


for advanced students

without restriction


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 15.07. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 15.07. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe
Formalities

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

4 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations
Research and teaching

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

The research profile of the teaching faculty includes aspects of cultural history, gender studies, rewritings of Shakespeare, science novels, travel narratives, Hollywood and transnational cinema, varieties of English and corpus linguistics, multimodality, as well as language testing and assessment.

See also www.fb10.uni-bremen.de/anglistik/personal.aspx

Contact and counselling

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING