The master's programme consists of the compulsory subjects English language (acquisition of advanced language awareness and skills), English Linguistics (methodologically reflected discussion on topics of the research subject), Literature Studies (enhanced insight into British and post-colonial literature and cultural studies) and Culture Studies (overview of the most important topics, concepts and contexts of North American literature and cultural studies) and moreover of elective subjects to be chosen from a list and elective subjects that can be chosen freely. A study period abroad of at least one semester in an English-speaking country is strongly recommended. Different programmes are available for this. Excursions are also offered. The degree programme concludes with a master's thesis written in English and an examination on the compulsory subject in which the master's thesis was written and on the student's specialist subject.