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Applying to study

The MA programme offers:

  • a specialisation in Anglophone literatures and cultures from around the globe, including the British Isles, the USA and Canada, Australia and the Pacific, South Asia, the Caribbean and parts of Africa;
  • thorough understanding of modernity with a particular emphasis on the constitutive role of non-Western cultures in the formation of the modern world;
  • an in-depth engagement with cultural and literary theories of multiple modernities both past and present;
  • an international outlook reflected in the degree's study abroad component that includes partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and America;
  • mentored as well as independent research and translation projects.

Applications are invited from graduates with a keen interest in:

  • the global genealogies and dimensions of modernity in the English-speaking world;
  • the role of literatures, cultural practices and discourses in the shaping and critical reflection of modern phenomena;
  • the plurality of ways of being modern in the postcolonial present.


The application deadline for winter semesters (commencing in October) is 1 June, for summer semesters (commencing in April) it is 1 December. More information about the application process, including all necessary documents, can be found here (in German). Applications for the MA Anglophone Modernities are made via Potsdam University's application portal Uni-Assist.

Admission requirements are:

  • a BA degree or equivalent from a German or international university in a discipline relevant to the MA programme Anglophone Modernities in Literature and Culture;
  • proficiency in English documented by a degree in an Anglophone BA programme.

Your applications must include:

  1. your BA certificate (if already available) and a transcript of records;
  2. a motivation letter (written in English);
  3. a CV.  If you a) won awards for your academic work; b) spent substantial time studying or researching abroad; c) acquired substantial professional experience; d) can document specific forms of social engagement or activism; please detail this information in your CV.
  4. If, and only if, your BA was NOT taught in English, we ask you to also submit a TOEFL or similar language proficiency test. Proficiency of German is not required by the programme.

The application is online-only via Uni-Assist. There is no need to send hard copies to the department.

Admission is competitive; usually, we are able to send out letters of acceptance or rejection around 4 weeks after the application deadlines (it takes uni assist some time to process all applications and forward them to us).

The full programme-specific admission requirements can be found here.