Master Major in English (90 ECTS): Prerequisites

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Admission Requirements

Regarding admission to a UZH Master program in English, there are two different cases:

  1. candidates holding a Bachelor degree in English Literature and/or Linguistics (or a degree in General Linguistics, or in Comparative Literature)
  2. candidates with a different Bachelor degree

The admission requirements for each of these two cases are outlined below.

Note: Candidates without a Bachelor degree cannot be admitted.

Candidates with a Bachelor Degree in English Linguistics and/or Literature (or General Linguistics, or Comparative Literature)

Candidates holding a Bachelor degree in English Linguistics and/or Literature (or in General Linguistics, or in Comparative Literature) will be admitted to the UZH Master programs in English, either with or without additional requirements.

To be admitted without additional requirements, candidates must have completed courses that cover the skills acquired in the following modules:

  • Literature

English Literature: Textual Analysis (9 ECTS)

Literature in Context: History and Theory (6 ECTS)

+ experience writing literary critical essays (6 ECTS)

  • Linguistics

Introduction to English Linguistics (9 ECTS)

History of the English Language 1: Focus on Old English (6 ECTS)

History of the English Language 2: Focus on Middle English (6 ECTS)

  • Language Skills (English C1)

Language Skills and Culture: Introduction (12 ECTS)

Writing Skills and Media Analysis (6 ECTS)

If candidates are missing any of the skills taught in the modules listed above, they will be required to completed the corresponding modules as additional requirements (i.e. in addition to the requirements of the Master program, they will also have to complete these modules - ideally right at the beginning of their studies).

Candidates with a Different Bachelor Degree

Candidates holding a Bachelor degree in a field other than English Literature and/or Linguistics are not guaranteed admission to the program.

However, they may be admitted if they fulfill all or most of the requirements outlined below:

  • Literature

English Literature: Textual Analysis (9 ECTS)

Literature in Context: History and Theory (6 ECTS)

+ experience writing literary critical essays (6 ECTS)

  • Linguistics

Introduction to English Linguistics (9 ECTS)

History of the English Language 1: Focus on Old English (6 ECTS)

History of the English Language 2: Focus on Middle English (6 ECTS)

  • Language Skills (English C1)

Language Skills and Culture: Introduction (12 ECTS)

Writing Skills and Media Analysis (6 ECTS)

If candidates fulfill most but not all of the skills taught in the modules listed above, they will be required to completed the corresponding modules as additional requirements (i.e. in addition to the requirements of the Master program, they will also have to complete these modules - ideally right at the beginning of their studies).