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

Changes to the application process

In light of the current coronavirus situation, we have to change the application process for our master's programs. Please click here for detailed background information.

However, as an applicant, you will not suffer any disadvantages as a result. The following changes apply to the master's program in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era:
Qualification/ECTS: Applicants need at least 120 ECTS credits.


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 like to individually choose my courses and working independently, the good contact with the professors, and the diverse seminars and projects. I expect a good start to my professional life.

Eva Léchelle, student in the master’s program in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era / Photo 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: Depending on your selected track of study: German, English, French, Italian, or Spanish.

    Language requirements: German (click here for further information)
    English; for further information on the required proof of language proficiency see Admission requirements and selection

    Program start: Fall semester (September); in case there are any remaining spots, you can also start your program in the spring semester (February).
    Academic calendar

    School: School of Humanities

    Semester fee: €190,30 (more)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: €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.

  • 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.

  • Admission requirements and selection

    To be admitted to the master's program in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era (M.A.) applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies, German Studies, or Romance Studies. Another degree in literature or philology is sufficient if it is recognized as equivalent. The following requirements must be met:

    • a total of 180 ECTS credits or a standard period of study of six semesters/three years,
    • a final grade of 2.5 or better.

    Language requirements
    You must submit proof that your German language proficiency is equivalent to level C1. A good level of English language proficiency (level B2 or equivalent skills) is also required. Please click here for more information.

    Conditional admission
    If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s program by the application deadline, you may still be admitted to the master’s program as long as you provide proof that you have obtained at least 140 ECTS credits. In this case, your admission to the program is subject to receipt of your bachelor’s degree by the exam registration period in the first semester (refer to selection statutes).

    Selection statutes
    You can find the exact requirements for the program in the selection statutes, which are only available in German.

  • Application

    Application deadline
    Please note:
    In light of the current situation due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have modified our application deadline: Applications can be submitted as of May 1, 2020.
    Current information on the application procedure
    Normally, the following deadlines apply:
    The application period is from March 15 to May 31. It is not possible to start your program in the spring semester.

    Admission to an advanced semester
    If you want to apply for an advanced semester, please contact Ms. Dörr in the Admissions Office.

    Important information on your application for admission to a master’s program
    We regularly receive incomplete applications that we cannot take into account. Please observe the following:

    • Applications with a transcript of records that has been printed out by the student him- or herself and has not been stamped – or applications that include copies of certificates and transcripts that have not been notarized – cannot be accepted and must be rejected. Therefore, please ensure that your transcript of records carries the official stamp and signature of your higher education institution.
    • Proof of language proficiency: We cannot accept all available certificates as proof of foreign language proficiency. This particularly applies to comments added to higher education entrance qualifications in some German Länder as well as language courses not concluded with an officially recognized language test. Please contact us in advance as applications without acceptable proof of language proficiency are invalid and must be rejected. Please note: The copy of your proof of language proficiency must also be notarized. 

    We recommend you to send us your application as early as possible. Only then will we be able to request any missing documents from you. If you have any questions, please contact us. Our pages on how to apply provide you with a comprehensive list of documents you need to include with a complete application for admission to a master’s program.


Sebastian Hempen, M.A.

Sebastian Hempen, M.A.

Program Manager Master of Arts
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Schloss – Room EO 287
68131 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Telephone consultation hours Tue and Wed 10 a.m. – noon. The open consultation hour is cancelled until further notice.