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MA British Studies • Humboldt University Berlin • Berlin

Degree

MA British Studies

Course language(s)

English

Admission semester

Winter semester only

Beginning

Winter semester - October

Programme duration

Four semesters (two years)

Application deadline

30 April

Course content

The Centre for British Studies offers an MA British Studies. We offer a unique learning experience due to a cohort of international students with different first degrees, the interdisciplinary study programme which combines theory and practice, and the personalised tutorials aimed to foster early-stage independent research.

The programme consists of teaching units (lectures, seminars, theme-oriented project work, etc.) covering the following topics:

the history of the United Kingdomproject work, etc.) covering the following topics: the UK's legal systems and their development the history

the UK's legal systems and their developmentthe following topics: the history of the United Kingdom the history of literature and culture in

the history of literature and culture in the UKKingdom the UK's legal systems and their development the history of ideas and mentalities in the

the history of ideas and mentalities in the UKdevelopment the history of literature and culture in the UK the UK's economic and social history

the UK's economic and social history since the Industrial Revolutionin the UK the history of ideas and mentalities in the UK the UK's present social

the UK's present social stratificationeconomic and social history since the Industrial Revolution the development of Britain's political system cultural

the development of Britain's political systemRevolution the UK's present social stratification cultural studies - theories and methods CONTACT

cultural studies - theories and methodsthe development of Britain's political system CONTACT Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Centre for British

CONTACT

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Centre for British Studies

Catherine Smith

Mohrenstraße 60

10117 Berlin

Tel. +49 (0) 30-2 09 39 90 40 Tel. +49 (0) 30-2 09 39 90 50

Submit application to

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Großbritannien-Zentrum/Centre for British Studies Frau Catherine Smith Mohrenstraße 60

10117 Berlin

Germany

The Centre involves professionals active in British and German companies and financial institutions, television, law firms and the arts in its Master's programme, so that students are not only taught by university teachers, but are also in constant contact with people who run businesses, theatres, museums and other public service institutions. The Master's Phase is completed by a three-month work placement and a six-month thesis.

Educational organisation

The postgraduate degree course in British Studies is an interdisciplinary teaching programme. The course lasts two years and consists of a one-year Certificate Phase followed by a Master's Phase which also lasts a year. Having successfully completed the Certificate Phase, students receive a "British Studies" certificate. After successful completion of the entire course, students are awarded the degree "Master in British Studies". The Certificate Phase comprises about 30 weeks of teaching, divided into two phases of about equal length. The first phase consists of a series of lectures and seminars which are compulsory for all students. In the second phase students can choose three out of six options (see course outline below). Students have to attend an average of at least 20 hours of classes per week. These may include suitable classes taught in other departments. During the Master's Phase, students take part in advanced seminars including "transdisciplinary optional modules", which can be chosen from any other Master's programme. Furthermore, they spend three months with a firm or institution in Britain. The final part of the Master's Phase is dedicated to writing a six- month Master's thesis. The course is taught in English.

Modules of the course The Master's course British Studies contains the following modules equalling 120 ECTS credit points:

a) Compulsory Modules

Introductory Module (5 ECTS)equalling 120 ECTS credit points: a) Compulsory Modules History (5 ECTS) Law, Economics, Politics (10 ECTS)

History (5 ECTS)points: a) Compulsory Modules Introductory Module (5 ECTS) Law, Economics, Politics (10 ECTS) Interdisciplinary Project

Law, Economics, Politics (10 ECTS)Modules Introductory Module (5 ECTS) History (5 ECTS) Interdisciplinary Project I (10 ECTS) Career Skills (6

Interdisciplinary Project I (10 ECTS)(5 ECTS) History (5 ECTS) Law, Economics, Politics (10 ECTS) Career Skills (6 ECTS) Advanced Academic

Career Skills (6 ECTS)Politics (10 ECTS) Interdisciplinary Project I (10 ECTS) Advanced Academic Writing and Debating (5 ECTS) Placement

Advanced Academic Writing and Debating (5 ECTS)Interdisciplinary Project I (10 ECTS) Career Skills (6 ECTS) Placement (15 ECTS) Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)

Placement (15 ECTS)(6 ECTS) Advanced Academic Writing and Debating (5 ECTS) Master's Thesis (30 ECTS) b) Compulsory Elective

Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)Academic Writing and Debating (5 ECTS) Placement (15 ECTS) b) Compulsory Elective Modules Three out of

b) Compulsory Elective Modules

Three out of the following six modules have to be chosen:

Interdisciplinary Project II (8 ECTS)Three out of the following six modules have to be chosen: Economics and Management (8 ECTS)

Economics and Management (8 ECTS)have to be chosen: Interdisciplinary Project II (8 ECTS) Politics and Society (8 ECTS) Law in

Politics and Society (8 ECTS)Project II (8 ECTS) Economics and Management (8 ECTS) Law in Context (8 ECTS) Media, History,and

Law in Context (8 ECTS)and Management (8 ECTS) Politics and Society (8 ECTS) Media, History,and Culture (8 ECTS) Culture and

Media, History,and Culture (8 ECTS)Economics and Management (8 ECTS) Politics and Society (8 ECTS) Law in Context (8 ECTS) Culture

Culture and Literature (8 ECTS)and Management (8 ECTS) Politics and Society (8 ECTS) Law in Context (8 ECTS) Media, History,and

c) Compulsory Elective Modules at Other Departments External optional modules may be chosen from any other Master's programme that offers such modules.

Modules for students of other HU programmes Students from other HU Master's programmes can attend the following modules:

Advanced Seminars - Theory and Research (5 ECTS)HU Master's programmes can attend the following modules: Advanced Project Workshop (5 ECTS) Study abroad unit(s)

Advanced Project Workshop (5 ECTS)modules: Advanced Seminars - Theory and Research (5 ECTS) Study abroad unit(s) During the Master's phase,

Study abroad unit(s)

During the Master's phase, students spend about three months with a firm or institution in Britain.

Internships

The course includes a three-month work placement in a company or a public institution in Great Britain. The Centre offers students substantial help and support in finding suitable positions. We are grateful to the numerous and prestigious British organisations who support us by providing internships for our students, including, among many others:

several MPs and MSPs, the National Trust, Pearson Plc, the German-British Chamber of Commerce, city councils, organisers of prestigious cultural festivals, National Museums of Scotland, and many more.

Forms of assessment

Various types of individual and collective assessment are used during the course, such as written or oral exams, short presentations or talks, essays, research papers, reports and portfolios. At the end of the course, students are required to write an academic Master's thesis.

ECTS credits

120

Diploma supplement

Yes

Course-related English language courses

Yes

Course objectives

The aims and objectives of the course are:

to enable students to add competence in British Studies to qualifications acquired during their firstsupplement Yes Course-related English language courses Yes Course objectives The aims and objectives of the course

degree course

to prepare students for positions in firms and institutions which deal with the United Kingdom or other English-speaking nationsdegree course to provide students with an understanding of the characteristic features and the transformations of

to provide students with an understanding of the characteristic features and the transformations of British identities and institutions in a European perspectivewith the United Kingdom or other English-speaking nations to teach students interdisciplinary methods and approaches,

to teach students interdisciplinary methods and approaches, enabling them to think and work contextuallyidentities and institutions in a European perspective to provide students with the competence to acquire and

to provide students with the competence to acquire and integrate knowledge independently and to make research-based decisionsand approaches, enabling them to think and work contextually to provide students with competence in cross-cultural

to provide students with competence in cross-cultural understanding, communication, and mobility.knowledge independently and to make research-based decisions Tuition fees None Enrolment fees Humboldt-Universität zu

Tuition fees

None

Enrolment fees

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin enrolment fee: approx.

240 EUR per semester (including public transport)

Costs of living

Approx. 750 EUR per month

Job opportunities

There are numerous job opportunities (more difficult for non-German speakers), especially during holidays. However, the MA British Studies is a full-time and intensive 18-month course, so there might be no time for a regular part-time job.

Language requirements

Applicants must have a very good command of English. The application must contain proof of your proficiency in the form of a TOEFL certificate (minimum score of 600 for the paper-based test, or 250 for the computer-based test, 100 for the internet-based test), a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (any grade), a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (grade A or B), or an IELTS test (level 7.0). Furthermore, a working knowledge of German is highly recommended.

Academic requirements

Applicants must hold a university degree at the time of formal enrolment (September of the enrolment year). This first degree can be in any subject. With around

130 applications for 30 places, admission is highly

competitive. The diversity in standards of university teaching and grading throughout the world makes it

impossible to impose any formal requirements on the minimum grade to be obtained. As a rule of thumb, though, successful applicants with a Bachelor's (e.g. BA, LLB, BSc) or similar degree tend to have graduated within the top 10-15%, successful applicants with a Master's (e.g. MA, LLM, MSc) or similar degree within the top 15-20% of their class. We will, however, consider the individual circumstances of each case.

Where to apply

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Großbritannien-Zentrum/Centre for British Studies Frau Catherine Smith Mohrenstraße 60 10117 Berlin Germany

Arrival support

The Centre provides an information pack before the students' arrival in Berlin. This includes information concerning visa application, registration in Germany, matriculation, (student) accommodation and other useful tips for living in Berlin. The friendly and helpful staff at the Centre support new students in getting acquainted with Berlin as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Services and support for international students

The Centre runs a tutorial system. The tutors are the academic staff of the Centre. Each tutor is responsible for five to six students ("tutees"). Thus, the students have an opportunity to discuss their academic achievements or individual problems more privately and personally. All course lecturers are also available for academic consultation. Furthermore, the administrative staff of the Centre practise an open-door policy which allows students to find a helping hand at any time.

Accommodation

Most of our students find accommodation in student residence halls run by the "Studentenwerk" (Association for Student Affairs). Furthermore, students will be provided with information about other forms of accommodation in Berlin, e.g. via useful and trusted internet links.

Course website

About the university

As one of eleven German universities, Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin was chosen "University of Excellence" in June 2012. It was successful in all three funding lines in the third round of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments and awarded for its future concept "Educating Enquiring Minds: Individuality - Openness - Guidance". In an international comparison, Humboldt-Universität ranks among the top ten of German universities. Scientists here research socially relevant topics and challenges of the future and communicate these with the public. Humboldt-Universität invests all its energy in being a place of excellent research and teaching. Its aim is to promote young talents and to positively influence society and economy outside the university framework.

Every year, over 5,000 young people decide to embark on their studies at Humboldt-Universität in the heart of Berlin. There is hardly any other place where they can choose from the same variety of degree courses - among them, some international Master's programmes with lectures and seminars held in English.

For a first-rate university, international exchange in research and study is a matter of course. Humboldt- Universität has academic partnerships with more than 400 Erasmus partners in Europe, with over 150 university partners worldwide, with partners in two Erasmus Mundus programmes and four Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Windows Programmes with over 1,500 mobile students.

Every year, about 800 academics from abroad spend time at Berlin's oldest university. Additionally, researchers from Humboldt-Universität are welcomed at many different international universities where they conduct projects or field studies and teach as guest lecturers. Humboldt-Universität helps students with the preparation of their study time abroad and provides consultation to international students and academics on all questions relating to their stay in Berlin. Through the creation of international networks, intercultural research and teaching are thus being furthered.

Total number of students

34,000

Total percentage of international students

16 %

About the city

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Centre for British Studies are situated right in the centre of the city. There are a variety of interesting things for students to see and do. Many events within Berlin are organised for international students.

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