The new master's degree in English and American Studies / English Linguistics replaces the previous master's degree in English. The course is divided into two profiles, from which you have to select one at the beginning of the course:

"English Linguistics" and "English and American Studies".

The institutes and departments responsible for English studies at the University of Stuttgart are reflected in these profiles:

  • The Department of American Literature and Culture and the Department of English Literatures, which deal with research on canonical texts as well as with questions of postmodernism, postcolonialism, interdisciplinary cultural studies and media studies.
  • The Department of English Linguistics, which focuses on research in the core disciplines of linguistics: phonetics, syntax, morphology and semantics. In addition to the history of language, she also deals with language acquisition under phonetic, cognitive and neurolinguistic aspects.



  • Degree in a bachelor's degree program lasting at least six semesters (or an equivalent degree)
  • Degree in the respective course or a course with very similar content
  • Depending on the course, there may be additional requirements. The exact admission criteria can be found in the admission regulations

Admission with conditions

In the case of admission with conditions, you will be admitted, but you must catch up on certain examinations from the bachelor's degree before you register for the master's thesis. This can be the case, for example, if you completed your bachelor's degree at another university or a university of applied sciences and did not take seminars or modules there that you need for the master’s degree at the University of Stuttgart. The final decision as to whether your professional aptitude is recognized as sufficient is made by the admissions committee .

Graduated from a university of applied sciences

A degree from a university of applied sciences (formerly a university of applied sciences) or the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University basically entitles you to study for a master’s degree at a university, according to the State University Act.

Admission restriction (NC)

In master’s courses in which the number of study places is limited (Numerus Clausus (NC)), ranking lists are created for the allocation of study places based on the criteria that are a prerequisite for admission to the master’s course. The admission regulations for the relevant master’s degree program regulate further details.

Course-specific features

Apart from the admission with conditions, there are other variants of admission depending on the subject:


Language requirements

The language of instruction for the course is English. You must therefore prove English language skills at least at GER level C1:

  • through recognized certificates such as TOEFL IBT 95 points or IELTS Volume 7 or
  • through a bachelor's degree of at least six semesters in English as the language of instruction


The course requires:

  • A particular interest in either literary and cultural studies or linguistic research
  • The intention to conduct one's own research project in one of the two areas

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