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Englisch Abschluss: Master


In demand: experts in English language and anglophone culture

The core of the Master’s Degree Program in English is scholarly research on the linguistic, literary, and sociocultural diversity of the English-speaking world in the present and the past. The global relevance of anglophone culture, which influences social domains as diverse as language and literature, film and music, tourism and advertising, and business and politics, invites an in-depth analysis of the complexity of its literature, culture, and linguistics. Furthermore, the dominance of English as the most important lingua franca of our time gives rise to social and political challenges that call for experts in English language(s) and culture(s). At the University of Basel, the development of this expertise is grounded in a strong cultural and interdisciplinary approach.

Program structure

A master’s is a second degree that a person can earn after completing a bachelor’s. The master’s program requires a total of 120 credit points (CP). The Master's Degree Program in English is combined with a second degree subject, each worth 35 CP. The subject in which students write their master’s thesis (30 CP) is considered to be their major; the other subject is their minor. Free electives (20 CP) are also included. One ECTS credit point equates to approximately 30 hours of work.

Master of Arts (120 CP)
Major of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
65 CP (35 CP + 30 CP for the master thesis)
Minor of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or extra-faculty
35 CP
Free electives
20 CP
Two degree subjects

Combination of subjects

Students are free to select a second master’s degree subject that meets their specific interests. Students can choose a subject offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or a subject from another faculty. 

Students are free to choose any free elective. These courses allow students to deepen their knowledge of their degree subjects, gain an insight into other degree subjects offered by the University of Basel, or acquire language skills.

Career opportunities

The academic study of English linguistics, literary studies, and cultural studies opens the door to a variety ofdifferent career options. One of the most popular is teaching. English courses are in demand at all school levels, as well as in adult education. Furthermore, the linguistic and textual skills developed in the academic study of English prepare students for work in numerous professions involving communication, including publishing, journalism, the diplomatic service, non-profit and cultural organizations, marketing and public relations, and information and documentation services. Professional translation is also an option. It is advisable to explore possible career options during your studies and complete appropriate internships or training courses. A small percentage of graduates go on to pursue an academic career.

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