Expected interests and qualifications

We seek graduate students who have a strong record of academic performance as undergraduate students and take a keen interest in theory-oriented, methodologically rigorous research and its applications.

Students must have completed a B.A. degree, an M.A. degree or the equivalent in English Studies, North American Studies, Linguistics (with English Linguistics as the main component), Comparative Studies (with either English Linguistics and/or Literatures and/or Cultures in the English-speaking world as its main component), or a related field.

For students with a background in Linguistics, at least 60 credit points (CP) of the previous program must have been earned in the field of English. Students who have not yet completed their B.A. degree may nonetheless apply if they have completed the greater part of their studies (corresponding to at least 150 CP, 60 CP of which must be in an English-related subject). In such cases, admission can be granted on the condition that every other requirement with respect to the admission regulations has been fulfilled and that the B.A. degree will be successfully completed at the latest two weeks after the start of the M.A. programme lecture period. Proof of 60 credit points (CP) in an English-related subject or linguistics must be submitted before the application deadline.

Students who have a degree worth 180 credit points (CP) with no discernible differences in terms of content, workload, and requirements in relation to the aforementioned undergraduate (or graduate) degrees may also apply.


Admission requirements and how to apply

Deadline for application (beginning students):
15 June for the winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced students only):
15 January for the summer semester

Documents required for application:

  •  Application for admission
  • A current CV (tabular) including information on the applicant’s educational and work history, publications (if any), language abilities, and extracurricular interests.
  • Corresponding documents relating to the entry requirements.
  • Transcript of Records from previous and/or current B.A./M.A. degree programmes.

Applications must also include the official form for admission, certification of a successfully completed B.A. degree, proof of proficiency in English at C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Students whose university-entrance qualification was obtained at an education institution where the primary language of instruction and examination was English, or who completed their B.A. or M.A. degree in an all-English programme, are exempt from the obligation to provide proof of proficiency in English at C1 level, on condition that they provide the corresponding documentation as evidence. Students who have either successfully graduated from the “English-Speaking Cultures” B.A. programme at Bremen University or any other equivalent B.A. programmes are also exempt from this requirement, on condition that they provide the corresponding documentation as evidence.

For further information, please check the current admission requirements at

[admission regulations – in German]

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