Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Prospective Students - M.A. English Literatures



Prospective Domestic Students - M.A. English Literatures


Thank you for your interest in our Master Programme in English Literatures!

Please find all relevant information on our degree programmes pages and here on the Humboldt-University's information page for MA applications.



Prospective International Students - M.A. English Literatures


Thank you for your interest in our Master Programme English Literatures!

Please read the following information carefully. If you have any further question, contact the student advisor for Master English Literatures.


Application requirements (PDF in German):

  • Language Requirements:
    • English language proficiency: Applicants must prove level C1 proficiency in English (CEFR):
      • UNIcert® II-Zertifikat: 1,3
      • UNIcert® III-Zertifikat: 3,0
      • Test of English for International Communication IELTS: 6,5 [IELTS score will soon be changed to 7.0]
      • Certificate in Advanced English CAE: B-C
      • Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE): A
      • ETS Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL:
        • Internet-based Test: 100
        • Paper-based Test: 600
        • Native English speakers and applicants whose BA degree is from an English-speaking country are exempt.
    • German language proficiency: Applicants must prove level B2 proficiency in German (CEFR).

For both language proficiencies, the certificates are needed as part of your application.


  • Academic Requirements:

    Please be aware of the fact that this is a consecutive Master programme, which means that a B.A. in English Studies/Englisch/Anglistik or in Comparative Literature (literary and cultural studies, literary history, literary theory, methodologies) is required, or an equivalent degree with a minimum of 60 credit points in English Studies. In Germany – as in the United States and Great Britain – English Studies are understood to focus on Literary and Cultural Studies. If your previous BA programme is specialized in Linguistics, Translation, or Didactics, you do not meet the academic requirements.


Application periods and deadlines:

The programme starts in the Winter Semester (October). For application deadlines, see the HU academic calendar.

Application information:

Your application will be addressed to Uni-Assist. They will guide you through the application steps and tell you which documents are needed. Once you created your account at Uni-Assist, you will find further instruction on how to start the application.

For technical questions during the application process, please inquire with