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 centre of Europe. The degree program is directed toward advanced scholarly competence. 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, theatre, 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.  

The University of Bayreuth has achieved a strong place as No. 40 worldwide in the Times Higher Educational ranking of universities founded in the last 50 years.


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Admission Information

Program Information

For a globalized format of Intercultural Anglophone Studies:

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

A student's experience

For students enrolled from winter semester 2010 on:


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

Module handbook Literature

Module handbook Linguistics

Further module information


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.

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


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