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Master's Program in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era

The master’s program in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era caught my attention because of the diversity it offers. The interdisciplinary approach of seminars in Literature and Cultural Studies and the courses in Media Studies perfectly complement each other. In addition, students have the possibility to choose their subjects from the fields of Romance Studies and German Studies as well as English and American Studies. This also applies to foreign language skills modules. The teachers strive to promote our personal development, attend to our individual needs, and are in every respect very encouraging, especially so in seminars and practical modules!

Valeria Pinto, student in the master’s program in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era / Credit: Lukas Pousset

As a French woman, I spent one year as an Erasmus student in Mannheim and then decided to stay here because I was convinced by the university's reputation and its excellent range of interdisciplinary degree programs. I decided to pursue a master's degree in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era, which enables me to combine literature in various language directions – in my case Romance and German Studies – with media studies. I liked to individually choose my courses and working independently, the good contact with the professors, and the diverse seminars and projects. Altogether a good start to my professional life.

Eva Léchelle, graduate in the master’s program in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era / Credit: Ye Fung Tchen
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)

    Standard period of study: 4 semesters (2 years)

    ECTS credits: approx. 120

    Language of instruction: German, English

    Language requirements: German and English; for further information on the required proof of language proficiency see “Admission requirements and selection”

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic calendar

    School: School of Humanities

    Semester fee: EUR 169 (more information)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: EUR 1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: EUR 650

  • Program overview

    The master’s program in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era (M.A.) deepens the students’ literary knowledge in English and American Studies, Romance Studies (French, Italian, Spanish) and/or German Studies and expands it by specialized knowledge in the field of media theory. The program’s interdisciplinary structure enables a variety of interrelationships to be established between English and American Studies, German Studies, and Romance Studies on the one hand and media studies on the other.  

    The interdisciplinary master's program focuses on current issues at the intersection of literature and media in the Modern Era – the epoch that stretches from the middle of the 18th century to the present day.

    At the beginning of their studies, students gain comprehensive intercultural insights into the theoretical and methodological principles. The rest of the master's program can be arranged individually. Students have the opportunity to choose their own specializations.

    In a practical module, they will acquire additional practical cultural and media skills as well as in-depth practical language skills at a high level.

  • Why study Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era at the University of Mannheim?

    The master's program in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era deepens your knowledge in literary studies and at the same time expands it by including an intercultural and interdisciplinary perspective. This offers graduates of this master's program a wide range of career opportunities.

    The Humanities at the University of Mannheim have an excellent reputation in Germany (take a look at the rankings). With 450 partner universities, and students from 100 countries, Mannheim is one of the most international universities in the country, and provides students with an inspiring learning environment that facilitates excellent teaching and research.

  • Career opportunities

    The interdisciplinary orientation provides our graduates with a wide range of career opportunities. The cultural sector, in particular, offers a broad field of activity. Our graduates work, for example, in publishing, journalism, museums, state-run educational and cultural institutions or at theaters.

    After completing a subsequent doctoral degree in Literary and Media Studies, graduates of the master's program can also pursue a career in academia – either in Germany or at international level.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era should

    • have a pronounced interest in literary and media-scientific topics,
    • be able of critical and interdisciplinary thinking,
    • have intercultural competence,
    • have a high level of motivation and willingness to work independently and in a targeted manner.
  • Program structure

    Module catalog
    You can find further details on how the program is structured in the module catalog.

    Studying abroad

    The School of Humanities is partners with 140 universities around the world. In collaboration with the International Office, the School of Humanities can help you plan a period of study abroad. In the master’s program in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era, studying abroad is optional, but encouraged by the school.

    Doing an internship is optional in the master’s program in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era. If you would like to do a voluntary internship, the program managers will be happy to assist you with the organization.

  • Continuing Education

    Certificate programs
    Strengthen your potential, deepen your knowledge, find solutions for challenges we will face tomorrow – there are many good reasons to think outside the box, get to know and try out new things even during your studies.

    At the University of Mannheim, you can do this in the “Studium Oecologicum” which focuses on sustainability. In our certificate program, you will acquire interdisciplinary expert knowledge which can help you to act ethically and to make holistic decisions.

    Continuing education services in academics

    Language courses
    Making language learning easier: No matter if you want to learn Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish or Norwegian, take the Graduate Record Examination Test (GRE), The European Language Certificates (telc) or the TOEFL test – each semester, the University of Mannheim offers language courses and language certificates in more than 16 languages for students and non-university members, online and on campus!

    Language courses at the University of Mannheim

    Studium Generale
    Are you interested in IT or communication trainings or theater, music, or drawing courses? Studium Generale has a vast range of courses available to all.

    Current Studium Generale program

  • Doctorates

    Successful graduates of the master’s program can pursue a doctorate at the School of Humanities. The program managers will be happy to provide advice if you plan on pursuing a doctorate.

    Doctoral programs and opportunities at the School of Humanities
    General information on doctoral studies at the University of Mannheim

  • Admission requirements and selection

    In our selection process, we take numerous criteria into account. For more details, please check the selection statutes (see below). Be bold! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice. We are looking forward to receiving your application!

    Admission requirements

    If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s degree, you may still apply for a master’s program as long as will provide a proof that you have obtained at least 140 ECTS credits.

    • Completion of a literature or philological bachelor’s program in English and American Studies, German Studies or Romance Studies or a program recognized as equivalent, completed with a grade of “good” or better (equivalent to the German grade of 2.5) at a German higher education institution or abroad (also Berufsakademie) with at least 180 ECTS credits or a standard period of study of at least three years
      • The program is recognized as equivalent if the program includes at least a basic module and an advanced module in Literary Studies
    • Proven proficiency in English (Level B2)
    • Proof of proficiency in German

    Selection criteria

    • The final grade or – for students still completing their degree – the grade average of the bachelor’s program
    • Letter of motivation in German (500-word maximum):
      • Motivation for the master’s program in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era
      • Reasons for pursuing a master’s program at the University of Mannheim
      • Areas you want to focus on during your master's program
      • Professional aims
      • Relevance of the completed bachelor’s program
    • Relevant professional activities (vocational training, work experience, internships)
    • Relevant stays abroad lasting several months
    • Relevant distinctions (academic presentations, publications, scholarships)

    Selection statutes
    Under “Admission requirements and selection” we have compiled the most important selection criteria of the program for you. For more detailed explanations of the selection process and the legally binding requirements of the degree program, please refer to the selection statutes.

  • Application

    Application deadline
    The application deadline for fall semesters starts on 10 April and ends on 31 May.

    It is not possible to apply for the spring semester.


Madeline Dahl

Madeline Dahl (she/her)

Program Manager Master of Arts
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Schloss – Room EO 287
68161 Mannheim
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