Master of Arts: Intercultural Anglophone Studies (MAIAS)

MAIAS is an innovative postgraduate MA program for research in English, American, and Anglophone Studies, offered at the precise geographical center of Europe. The degree program is directed toward advanced scholarly competence in one of two major areas: "literature" or "linguistics." It enables in-depth and theoretically informed study of the literatures and cultures of the English-speaking world, and of linguistic phenomena of English in its varieties. A wide range of forms of cultural expression such as literature, film, theater, music, and other forms of popular culture are addressed. From various perspectives, this degree program enables the analysis of complex issues in culture, literature and language, paying particular attention to inter- and transcultural issues. Students will demonstrate their competence toward the end of their studies in an independent and comprehensive thesis.  

Admission Information

Program Information

Study Regulations and Curricular Information:


Prüfungs- und Studienordnung (examination and study regulations, in German; appendix contains curriculum)

Module handbook Literature

Module handbook Linguistics

Further module information

For a globalized format of Intercultural Anglophone Studies:

While it is possible to do your entire degree at the University of Bayreuth, there are also a few options for studying abroad and/or receiving a dual degree with one of our partner universities:

Dual Degree and Postgraduate Student Exchange (Chester / UK)

Dual Degree and Postgraduate Student Exchange (Moscow / Russia)

Dual Degree and Postgraduate Student Exchange (Shanghai / PR China)

Postgraduate study period: George Washington University (Washington DC)

Further study abroad options


Prof. Dr. Sylvia Mayer
Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
GW 1 Office 1.15
Office hours: see website (also by appointment)

The national Quality Assurance Institute ACQUIN has accredited this degree program since March 2004. The latest round of successful accreditation took place in 2015.

Doctoral studies (Dr.phil.)

Successful MAIAS graduates may apply for admission to the international doctoral program offered by the School of Linguistics and Literatures:

Cultural Encounters--Rencontres Culturelles


Download prospectus (pdf)

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