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Master (1 Subject)

Applied Literary and Cultural Studies


Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language Bilingual, German and English
Standard program duration 3 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Further information Homepage
Module Manual (German only)
Curriculum (German only)

Short profile

The M.A. in Applied Literary and Cultural Studies is a research-based, bilingual program which qualifies students for professional activities that require deeper knowledge in this field. It teaches the ability for scientific work and thus opens up further professional opportunities in higher education and scientific research. It is equally possible for students, having completed the Master’s program, to commence doctoral studies. Suitably qualified candidates who have already started their careers may also study for a Master’s degree.

In contrast to the Bachelor’s program, the syllabus concentrates entirely on the core subject of Applied Literary and Cultural Studies, i.e., on academic courses in German language and literature and English/American studies. Interdisciplinary work is, however, highly desirable. From the outset, the focus lies on scientific and application-oriented work in the framework of students’ own projects, at the heart of which are the literatures and cultures of German and English-speaking countries.

The Master’s program is based on study projects in the areas of Elementary Culture, Media Studies, and Interculturality and Comparative Literature and allows students to become increasingly involved in the Department’s research projects. In addition to guiding students towards their own academic work, the program fosters presentation and team skills.

Having completed the projects, students produce their Master’s thesis, which at the Department of Cultural Studies can also relate to their later work in professional practice.

Knowledge and skills

Excellent proficiency in the English language is required, along with a Bachelor’s degree with a focus on German as well as English/American literary and cultural themes and at least one minor subject. An interest in project-based work is desirable.

For all applicants the following applies: Prerequisite for the Master’s program in Applied Literary and Cultural Studies is a Bachelor’s degree with a final cumulative grade of at least 2.5. Prospective students who have not completed the Bachelor’s program in Applied Literary and Cultural Studies or in Applied Linguistics at TU Dortmund University must have studied the core subjects, i.e., German language and literature and English/American studies, on a scale of at least 30 weekly hours per semester and a minor subject on a scale of at least 20 weekly hours per semester. In addition, applicants must have completed a full-time internship lasting at least four weeks (at a language-centric or cultural institution or in media) and a semester abroad at a university where the language of instruction is English. In some circumstances, enrollment subject to certain conditions may be possible.

Professional fields

The following are some of the professional fields open to graduates:

  • Public/media communication
  • Cultural and public relations work in industrial and technical fields
  • Editorial work in/design of new media
  • Project management and administration in the public sector
  • Empiricism and data analysis in the private, academic, cultural and media sectors

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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