Contents of the degree programme

The FAU Master of Arts English Studies is a degree programme with a focus on research. It offers an in-depth study of the English language and the literature and cultures of Great Britain and Ireland (as well as other English speaking countries). The course of study is modularised and encourages a specialisation in one of the two following fields:

Specialisation Culture and Literature

  • Introductory module: Culture / Linguistics / Literature
  • Elective module
  • Core module: Culture / Linguistics / Literature
  • Master’s module
  • Wildcard
  • Master’s thesis

Specialisation Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

  • The idiomatic element of language: construction grammar, valency theory, research on collocation and idiomaticity
  • Foreign language teaching: lexicography, grammar, contrastive linguistics, speech perception and production, literacy development, bilingualism and bilingual education
  • First and second language acquisition and research on learner language
  • Corpus linguistics
  • The English language: history and variation

Students may study one of these fields exclusively (specialisation), or they may choose to study a combination of the two fields (dedicating an equal amount of their studies to both fields). All three paths

  • comprise special advanced language classes to further develop students’ skills in the English language as well as their academic skills
  • encourage students to choose modules from a range of related subjects (including North American Studies, Book Studies, Romance languages and others)
  • offer a number of places for studying abroad at other European universities
  • are taught entirely in English

We recommend that students explore the structure of the programme in more detail on our website: The website also offers more information on:

  • application process
  • language requirements and accepted certificates
  • structure of the programme (model courses for all three paths)
  • general information about studying at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • information on accommodation
  • list of courses currently on offer (UnivIS)

Occupational fields

  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • Cultural management
  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Teaching and research


  • Semester(s) abroad
  • A number of places for studying abroad at other European universities are available.

Qualification requirements

The academic prerequisite for admission to the programme is an undergraduate degree (BA or equivalent) in English and American Studies (or a related subject). For all applicants, the final grade in the qualifying degree must be 2.5 or better (exceptions for students who achieved a final grade better than 3.5 may be made in well-substantiated cases). For details concerning the requirements please consult the programme’s website:

Language requirements

The MA English Studies can be studied entirely in English, Applicants must provide proof of their English language proficiency, Level C1 8accorsing to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or equivalent. For further details and a list of accepted language proficiency tests please see the programme’s website:

Student Services Fee

The contribution of students currently amounts to 42 Euro per semester. An additional charge of 70 Euro covers the mandatory basic “semester ticket”, a transit pass that provides students with unlimited access to public transportation in the metropolitan region Nürnberg from 7 pm to 6 am weekdays and around the clock on weekends (for an optional charge the pass can be valid around the clock every day).

Program taught in:
  • English
  • German

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Last updated February 6, 2019
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