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.
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).
School: School of Humanities
Semester fee: €190,30 (further information)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
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/
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.
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.
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.
Students of Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era should:
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.
Changes to the application process
In light of the current coronavirus situation, we have to change the application process for several programs. As soon as we can provide you with new information, we will publish them in our brochure Application for Master's Programs.
Here you will find the Selection Statutes.
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:
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.
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).
In light of the current situation due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have modified our application deadline: The deadlines for the fall semester 2021/2022 will be announced soon.
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.
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