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Introduction

Master of Arts: British and American Studies

The focus of the M.A. British and American Studies programme is on intercultural knowledge and skills and on academic and research skills. It is centered around

  • the English language and its varieties
  • the forms of literatures in English
  • media such as films, newspapers, radio, the internet, etc.
  • English language cultures and their histories.

Within this spectrum, the Master of Arts programme British and American studies specialises in transculturation. Transculturation refers to processes of cultural exchange and intercultural phenomena.

Please note that all classes are conducted in English.

Special Features

Throughout your studies you will be counselled and supported by your academic advisor who teaches in the field of your specialisation (British Literature and Culture, American Literature and Culture, Linguistics). Your academic advisor counsels you in your studies and ensures coherence and successful specialisation in your studies. Moreover, he or she is available for more general questions and advice.

For general information and study advice, contact:
Dr. Vivian Gramley

For information on the application (process), contact:
Dr. Julia Andres
Dr. Vivian Gramley

Applications and Deadlines

Admission to the MA British and American Studies programme is based on an online application consisting of:

  • an undergraduate university degree certificate (minimum 6 semesters; grade 2,5 or above),
  • evidence of proficiency in English (IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL [ibt: 94 or above; paper-based: 570 or above] or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English)
  • 15-page sample essay in English
  • Reflection on your previous academic experience in English*

In case you have not yet received your Bachelor certificate, you can still apply for the M.A. program with a transcript of your records (i.e. a summary of your preliminary results). If your certificate is acceptable, you will then be admitted on the grounds that you submit your certificate as soon as you have received it.

The sample essay gives the Admissions Committee an impression of the quality of your academic work and achievements in the field of British and American studies. It could, for example, be the first 15 pages of your BA thesis.

On the basis of the applications received by the deadline the admissions committee will decide on the suitability of individual applicants according to a point system. Only online applications will be considered. Please go to the application portal of the Studierendensekretariat (https://uni-bielefeld.de/studium/studieninteressierte/bewerbung/#comp_00005e685436_00000001ac_3691) and upload your files there.

Studienberatung
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Study Regulations

*In the upload area of the application website you will be asked to upload the following:

Skill A: Here you are asked to upload a work sample in English which shows that you can work independently on a problem in the area of English literature, culture, or linguistics using the conventions of academic writing in this area. You may upload, for example, parts of or the entirety of your bachelor thesis, a term paper, or something comparable. Please make sure that it is clear from your document what it is you uploaded (f. ex. parts of your BA thesis, a module/term paper, an article you published,…). Should you not have a work sample, please contact the study advisors (Dr. Vivian Gramley and Dr. Julia Andres) for a task to work on. In this case, please upload a statement that says that you are working on this task.

Skill B: Here you are asked to upload your own reflection of your academic experience in literary-cultural production and phenomena as well as the ability to analyze, interpret, and contextualize practices of the past and present historically, socially, politically, etc. (see literary studies module 23-ANG-Profil4). Please sketch in about 300-400 words your academic experience in this area. You may refer to papers your read or wrote, classes you took, and topics you found especially interesting. Please also include how your own experience relates to our Master’s program in Bielefeld and why you think you are a suitable candidate for us.

Skill C: Here you are asked to upload your own reflection of your academic experience in the understanding of cultural products, phenomena, and practices beyond national borders. You can find more on what students in our bachelor program at Bielefeld University work on in this area here: cultural studies module 23-ANG-Profil5. Please sketch in about 300-400 words your academic experience in this area. You may refer to papers your read or wrote, classes you took, and topics you found especially interesting. Please also include how your own experience relates to our Master’s program in Bielefeld and why you think you are a suitable candidate for us.

Skill D: Here you are asked to upload your own reflection of your academic experience in and the ability to identify and characterize different regional, social, situational, and historical varieties of English as well the ability to understand and describe those conditions of language use (see linguistics module 23-ANG-Profil3). Please sketch in about 300-400 words your academic experience in this area. You may refer to papers your read or wrote, classes you took, and topics you found especially interesting. Please also include how your own experience relates to our Master’s program in Bielefeld and why you think you are a suitable candidate for us.

Skill A is mandatory and of Skills B, C, and D, you please choose at least two.

The student advisors for the Master of Arts in the Anglistik section are Dr. Julia Andres and Dr. Vivian Gramley.

mailto: julia.andres@uni-bielefeld.de / v.gramley@uni-bielefeld.de

The eKVV is the electronic course catalogue. Each semester, some time before the start of lectures, students are asked to register via the eKVV for the courses they are planning to take in the coming semester. M.A. students choose their variant of the M.A. program here

Costs and financing options

General information on costs and funding can be found at https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/studium/studieninteressierte/informationen/finanzierung/

Costs and financing options for international students

International students will find information on costs and financing options for their stays at https://uni-bielefeld.de/studium/studieninteressierte/informationen/finanzierung/index.xml/

BAföG

The Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (BAföG), the German Federal Training Assistance Act, regulates student loans and grants. Detailed information from the BAföG office (in German) can be accessed here: https://www.studierendenwerk-bielefeld.de/bafoeg/bafoeg-amt-kontakt-und-beratungszeiten.html

Subject-Specific Regulations

'FsB' is the abbreviation for Fächerspezifische Bestimmungen. FsB are the rules which you follow in your studies. Here are the FsB 2013 (with changes 2018) for the MA (in German)
MA_fw_British_American_Studies_2013-02-01_Aenderung_2018-05-15(1).pdf.

This page https://ekvv.uni-bielefeld.de/sinfo/publ/master-as/anglistik provides you with the necessary information on the binding regulations for students taking the M.A. degree in Anglistik. For an overview (in English) of the M.A. degree programme and its overall structure as well as rules and guidelines, please consult this page https://ekvv.uni-bielefeld.de/sinfo/publ/master-as/anglistik?lang=en

A detailed overview of the module structure of the M.A. programme and a detailed list of the compulsory and optional modules in the M.A. programme as well as links to further relevant rules and overviews can be found here.

General information (in German) regarding the examination regulations for students taking any M.A. degree (Masterprüfungsordnung (fw.)) at Bielefeld University can be accessed via this link.

Plagiarism is using someone else's intellectual property and pretending it is your own; it is regarded as an extremely serious offence in any academic community. While many students worry about accidentally committing plagiarism, very few actually do it. 

  • For examples of what constitutes plagiarism and what does not, please see the “Plagiarism” section on the Using English for Academic Purposes website http://www.uefap.com/writing/writfram.htm (link used with kind permission of Andy Gillett).

For guidelines on how to cite and reference sources accurately and correctly in your papers, presentations, and theses in the various sub-disciplines of Anglistik, see “Academic Writing[MM1] .”

Unethical practices that constitute plagiarism include 

  • copying and pasting from internet sources or copying passages from books and 
  • using them in an academic paper without citing the source. 

It is equally unethical to hand in a paper bought from a website or that someone was paid to write, or to present work that a friend or relative has written as if it were one’s own. 

It is also intellectual theft to use parts of other writers’ texts or their ideas without citing the source. 

Deliberate plagiarism is very rare but it is easily spotted and it is easy to trace the real source of the material. In Anglistik Bielefeld, the academic community of students, teachers, and researchers condemns deliberate plagiarism as a practice that undermines us all as scholars, and appropriate action is taken if it occurs. 

Since this can have very serious consequences, we would like to invite you

to carefully read the above-linked page about instances of plagiarism and
to take extra care as you incorporate others’ ideas and words in your own work.

 [MM1]Once the page is created and the link is ready, please link this to Links and Downloads > Academic Writing.

ARCHIV (17.01.2022): Applications and Deadlines

Admission to the MA British and American Studies programme is based on an online application consisting of:

  • an undergraduate university degree certificate (minimum 6 semesters; grade 2,5 or above),
  • a Letter of Motivation in English,
  • a 15-page sample essay in English
  • a curriculum vitae / resumé
  • evidence of proficiency in English (IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL [computer-based: 230 or above; paper-based: 570 or above] or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English)

In case you have not yet received your Bachelor certificate, you can still apply for the M.A. programme with a transcript of your records (i.e. a summary of your preliminary results). If your certificate is acceptable you will then be admitted on the grounds that you submit your certificate as soon as you have received it.

The letter of motivation should describe your reasons for wishing to study the Master of Arts British and American studies. Please also indicate whether your interest is mainly in British literature and culture, American literature and culture, or linguistics. We will help select an academic advisor for you accordingly.

The sample essay gives the Admissions Committee an impression of the quality of your academic work and achievements in the field of British and American studies. It could, for example, be the first 15 pages of your BA thesis.

On the basis of the applications received by the deadline the admissions committee will decide on the suitability of individual applicants according to a point system. Only online applications will be considered. Please go to the application portal of the Studierendensekretariat (https://uni-bielefeld.de/studium/studieninteressierte/bewerbung/#comp_00005e685436_00000001ac_3691) and upload your files there.

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