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M.A. in British and North American Cultural Studies

The Master of Arts in British and North American Cultural Studies (MiBNACS) offers you the chance to study theories and practices of English-speaking cultures in Great Britain and North America. This means we study Shakespeare's world right alongside Walt Disney's, and we work with the dialects, literature, media, and theoretical and methodological concepts developed and proliferated over the past few decades of cultural studies.

MiBNACS is an intentionally transatlantic program of study. The British and American schools of cultural theory are sometimes conflicting, but often complementary; we give them each equal treatment. Our instructors possess a wide range of specializations, which extend from the Indian subcontinent to Canada, to African-American culture, to detective novels – so a vast spectrum is available for master’s thesis topics.

Program Content & Structure

Program Content

The MiBNACS program focuses on theories of and operative elements within cultural practices, primarily in Great Britain and North America, but also in those colonial and postcolonial spaces dominated by British and American culture. The Master's degree enables students to critically reflect on cultural phenomena, as well as on their own cultural position and embededness within global structures. Furthermore, it allows students to develop an academic understanding of different forms of cultural contexts, whether as structures, systems, or sometimes as pressures. The program is interdisciplinarily designed and builds upon competences which were acquired during students' completed Bachelor's degrees, with their focuses on philology or cultural studies.

During their studies, students may set their own focus, setting priorities in the academic realm as well as in building competences in related fields of work; to that end, they are also encouraged to take advantage of the possibilities offered by the EUCOR network.

Modules and Courses

This M.A. program is made up of modules, each focusing on a specific topic. The modules can consist of a variety of course types, including seminars, lectures and tutorials. Some courses are required and others are elective. The program is divided into the following modules:

  • Cultural Studies
    • Foundations of Cultural Studies
    • British and Postcolonial Cultures
    • North American Cultures
  • Transdisciplinary Perspectives (elective):
    • Media and Culture
    • Multilingualism and Language Politics
    • Theories of Cultural Studies
  • Core Texts of Cultural Studies
  • Research and Teaching Methods
  • Electives in Cultural Studies

 

Program Requirements and Sequence


MiBNACS

Application – Admission – Enrollment

Language and Acceptance Requirements

We welcome applications from candidates with a strong undergraduate degree (BA or equivalent) with a focus on English and American studies or linguistics. A working knowledge of German is recommended for success in Freiburg but not required for the application.

Furthermore, the Master of Arts in British and North American Cultural Studies requires an excellent command of the English language: you must have a level equivalent to CEFR C1, certified by TOEFL (PBT 600, CBT 250, iBT 100), IELTS (7.5–8.0), or Cambridge (CAE/CPE). Please note the information concerning language requirements on the main M.A. page, and be sure to clear up any questions you may have with the program coordinator.

Application

The application process takes place online via the University of Freiburg's Campus Management System HISinOne. The yearly application deadline is 15 June.

Application: step by step

If you have any questions please send an email to .

Required Documents

Excerpted from the admissions guidelines (authoritative text in German here):

§ 4 Application

(1) In order for your application to be accepted, the following documents must be submitted:

  • A completed online application form
  • A certified copy of your undergraduate diploma
  • A certified copy of your transcript of records outlining the contents of your undergraduate degree (documents in languages other than English, German, or French need to be translated and officially notarized by a certified translator into German or English)
  • Proof of successful completion of an English language examination (if necessary)
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic teaching staff (in German or English)
  • A statement of intent (two to three pages, in English), in which the applicant states his or her reasons for seeking acceptance to the MA program
  • A 2,500 word essay written in English on the subject of the applicant’s choice, which relates to one of the English Literatures and Literary Theory modules (Foundations of Cultural Studies; British and Postcolonial Cultures; North American Cultures; Special Topics in Cultural Studies; Transdisciplinary Perspectives (Media and Culture; Multilingualism and Language Politics; Theories of Cultural Studies); Research Methods). It can be an excerpt from a finished research project (e.g. a term paper, a bachelor’s thesis, a publication, or a conference paper)
  • A chronological CV (résumé) (two to three pages in length, written in English)

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR APPLICATION WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF ALL THE DOCUMENTS LISTED ABOVE HAVE BEEN RECEIVED.

Enrollment

General information concerning enrollment can be found on the Student Service Center's website.

Costs

  • Semester and student activity fees: €161 per semester
  • €1.500 extra for non-EU applicants (see http://www.studium.uni-freiburg.de/en/studentservices/study-fees?set_language=en for exceptions)
  • Cost of living: estimated between €650 and €1,000 per month (unfortunately, the cost of rent in Freiburg is rather high; consider student accommodation, more information at https://www.housing.uni-freiburg.de/international-students)
  • There are no stipends available from the university for MA students as of yet

Contact

The coordinator of the MiBNACS program will be happy to advise you concerning the details of the application and admissions process as well as concerning the program in general.

Program Director: 
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hochbruck

☎ +49 761 203-3344

 

MiBNACS Coordinator: 
Lina Zhou she/her

☎ +49 761 203-3345
R 4045 | KG IV

 

Mailing Address

M.A. in British and North American Cultural Studies
University of Freiburg
English Department | North American Studies
Rempartstr. 15
79098 Freiburg
Germany