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Modern Languages, Cultures and Business Studies (MA)

The main language of instruction of this course of study is German. All language subjects are also taught in the respective language; almost all English courses are taught in English. Languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Portuguese and/or Czech


Master of Arts (MA)

Duration of studies

4 semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)


since 21 August 2007


The Master's course of study in Modern Languages, Cultures and Business Studies systematically trains students in two modern foreign languages and also teaches competencies in economics. In this course of studies all foreign language departments (English, Romance Studies, Slavic Studies) and the Department of Business and Economics of Justus Liebig University are involved. The main idea of the course is to guarantee an interdisciplinary diversified programme on a broad basis which is characterized by versatility and is remarkable for its great concern with practice. At the same time, according to the wishes and aims of the students, it is possible to focus on aspects according to individual preferences and professionally oriented aims.
The aim of the course is to provide students with solidly-based practical language skills and competencies in philology and the cultural sciences in the foreign language subjects and in parallel to give them professional and practical knowledge of cultural and economic backgrounds.

Entrance requirements

The requirement for acceptance into the Master course is to have completed a Bachelor`s degree at a university or an equivalent qualification. Preceding studies must have produced an academic profile which provides the basis for acceptance in the chosen course of studies. Furthermore students must provide proof of certain language skills: information about language requirements.
Information about study requirements
(in German)

Application and admission

  • The degree course is not limited internally.
  • The general application deadline of JLU Gießen is July 15 for the winter semester and January 15 for the summer semester.
  • Important information about the application procedure.
  • Please note that the application period for the Master's course can be extended. This information will be published here (in German).
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. More on this...

Commencement of studies

In the winter and summer semester

Composition of degree programme

The course consists of a language major (1st major 50 CP + Thesis 30 CP), a 1st ancillary language subject (20 CP) and a 2nd ancillary subject in Economics or Business Administration (20 CP). Identically named courses may not be combined as major and ancillary subject.
ancillary subject
ancillary subject
English Linguistics X  X
Anglophone Literary, Cultural and Media Studies X  X
French Language, Cultures and
X  X
Spanish Language, Cultures and
Slavic Languages and Cultures: Russian Studies / Russian X X
Portuguese Language, Cultures and
Slavic Languages and Cultures: Czech Studies / Czech X
Slavic Languages and Cultures: Polish Studies X
Consecutive Master's Programme in Business Administration or Economics as a ancillary subject X

The emphasis of the course lies on imparting application-oriented knowledge in the areas of language, literature, culture and economics with an emphasis on modern language forms. This means that in linguistics more attention is being paid to linguistics of text and conversation, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics and pragmalinguistics. In the study of literature texts from the 19th and 20th centuries form the focus of studies. There is the possibility to focus on linguistic, literary and cultural aspects of the respective chosen philology. Practical language training is a main emphasis with a great proportion of courses involving language for special purposes, i.e. catering to the needs of professional life. At the same time emphasis is being placed on the scientific aspects, since there is the possibility to continue studies at one of the doctoral programmes of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) at Justus Liebig University.

Further information

  • The student handbook is available on the right

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