About Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

With around 31,500 students from over 120 nations, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the largest and most diverse universities in Germany. JGU unites almost all academic disciplines under one roof with its University Medical Center, the Mainz Academy of Fine Arts, the Mainz School of Music, and the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies in Germersheim. In over 150 institutes and clinics, 4,400 academics, 560 of whom are professors, teach and carry out research. With 75 fields of study and more than 260-degree courses, JGU offers an extraordinarily broad range of courses.

As the only German university of its size, nearly all of the institutions of JGU are located on one single campus near the city center, which is also home to four partner institutes involved in top-level non-university research: the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPI-C), the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P), the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM) and the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB). The campus of the University Medical Center is only about a kilometer away and both Mainz Leibniz Association institutions – the Institute of European History (IEG) and the Roman-Germanic Central Museum (RGZM) – are located slightly further away in the inner city. In addition to this, many local businesses also carry out research, making Mainz a uniquely dynamic research hub.

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World-Wide Recognition as a Research-Driven University

JGU enjoys global eminence as a research-driven university. Its main core research areas are particle and hadron physics, the materials sciences and translational medicine, while its most outstanding research achievements in the humanities have been attained in fields of American studies and historical cultural studies. Successes in the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments have confirmed JGU's academic status. In 2012, the research network Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter (PRISMA) was recognized as a cluster of excellence and the financing of the Materials Science in Mainz (MAINZ) Graduate School of Excellence was extended. Moreover, excellent placings in national and international rankings, as well as numerous other honors and awards, demonstrate just how successful Mainz-based researchers and academics are.

Another attribute of JGU is its research-oriented teaching – which incorporates research-based topics in the curricula early on. A similar emphasis is placed on promoting and mentoring young research talents. JGU also considers the exchange of knowledge with society as one of its key duties. As an open university, JGU offers the populace a unique portfolio of information dissemination concepts that extend far beyond the scope of standard popular academic formats. Through its system of university governance, JGU makes sure that its members participate in the strategic planning and that outstanding academics get involved.

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz was originally founded in 1477 and today still strives to emulate the innovational spirit of its namesake. The promotion and introduction of new ideas, the use of knowledge to improve people’s lives and encourage them to overcome the many boundaries they encounter daily – these are the underlying ambitions of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

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Programs taught in:
  • English

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MA

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU)

Proceeding from a solid foundation in literary history and theory, Mainz University’s master’s program in English Literature and Culture offers the perfect mixture of cor ... [+]

Proceeding from a solid foundation in literary history and theory, Mainz University’s master’s program in English Literature and Culture offers the perfect mixture of core modules on mainstream literary topics and ample opportunity for students to develop and follow their own interests. It builds upon the BA program in English Literature and Culture at Mainz University but also welcomes applicants from English Literature programs elsewhere in Germany, Europe, and other parts of the world.

Engaging with the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and other anglophone territories throughout the world, the discipline of English Literature and Culture sees its primary remit in fostering among its students an understanding of the inner workings of literary texts and of the contexts in which they appear. To that end, students are expected to have foundational training in the subject of English Literature encompassing the study of literary modes and genres, literary history, and literary as well as cultural theories before embarking on this course of studies. On that basis, the MA in English Literature and Culture will help them develop an interest in less traditional fields such as popular culture, media studies, and empirical aesthetics, all supported by a variety of theoretical approaches. The program’s core curriculum guarantees structured progress and development while the vast number of electives allows students to determine their own specializations. The final thesis, written under the supervision of one of our internationally experienced professors, provides evidence of our students’ development into independent researchers at the end of the two-year course.... [-]

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Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU)

The master's program "Human Geography: Globalisation, Media and Culture" focuses on renegotiating geographical relations between culture and society in the course of glob ... [+]

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The focus of our M.A. program “Human Geography: Globalisation, Media, and Culture” lies on the re-negotiation of the (power) relation between space, society, and culture in the current era of late post-modern globalization. Specific emphasis is on the questions: How are these new or transformed relations medially conveyed? Which socio-cultural challenges are raised by this? How can these problems be addressed politically?

Media-sensitive cultural geography is key in times when digital technologies permeate all spheres of our life and substantially change our communication and “geo-positioning” in the world. Communication equipment continues to be miniaturized and mobilized. Furthermore, we are experiencing a huge surge in mapping and geo-coded positioning. Thus, a new form of geographical awareness is arising, meaning we are set out on an entirely renewed interest in space, regions, and places. The geographical media content of the program is, therefore, devoted to analyzing newly arranged global geographies.... [-]

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Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU)

The two-year American Studies Master Program in Mainz is closely linked to the internationally renowned research done by the Obama Institute for Transnational American St ... [+]

General Info

The two-year American Studies Master Program in Mainz is closely linked to the internationally renowned research done by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies and designed to emphasize research-oriented perspectives on American literature, culture, history, and their theories.

Classes are taught exclusively in English.

Visiting professors from North America regularly offer classes in our program.

We welcome applications of students with a B.A. in American Studies or related subjects from German as well as international universities. In recent years, the program has attracted students from all over the world, including the United States.... [-]

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MSc

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The students of our Master's program benefit from an exceptionally wide range of research opportunities, providing them with a choice of five research groups covering sev ... [+]

The students of our Master's program benefit from an exceptionally wide range of research opportunities, providing them with a choice of five research groups covering several fields from theoretical and experimental meteorology. During the Master's degree program, our students benefit from a number of unique programs that are offered by the "Sonderforschungsbereich" (special research group) "Waves to Weather", the Research Training Group, and the nearby Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and Polymers Research.

While our program for atmospheric physics is internationally recognized for its strong focus on research, the excellent student-to-faculty ratio allows for lectures on a remarkably wide range of topics. These include the fields of atmospheric dynamics, trace gas dynamics, atmospheric chemistry, radiation, and remote sensing and modeling in general.... [-]

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Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU)

The students of our Master's program benefit from an exceptionally wide range of research opportunities, providing them with a choice of more than 50 research groups. Dur ... [+]

The students of our Master's program benefit from an exceptionally wide range of research opportunities, providing them with a choice of more than 50 research groups. During the Master's degree program, our students benefit from a number of unique programs that are offered by the MAINZ School of Excellence (Materials Science in Mainz), the PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence (Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter), the Research Training Group, and the nearby Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and Polymers Research.

While our Physics program is internationally recognized for their strong focus on research, the excellent student-to-faculty ratio allows for lectures on a remarkably wide range of topics.... [-]

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Master

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU)

Starting in fall 2010, the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz offers a two-year masters program in International Economics and Public Policy. The program is designed for ... [+]

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Starting in fall 2010, the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz offers a two-year masters program in International Economics and Public Policy. The program is designed for students who aim to understand both the opportunities and the challenges faced by private and public decision-makers in an increasingly integrated world economy. The two key contents of the degree course deal with important issues and challenges for the future which are equally important to the economy and society. Graduates of the program will be prepared for positions in the private and the public sector – especially in enterprises and institutions that operate on an international scale – but the program may also provide a qualified foundation for an academic career.... [-]

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