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Admission Examination Master in Critical Studies

Registration online and Submission of the examination assignment online: February 1 until February 28, 2023 

The online application will be available during the call at:

Review of the assignment by a commission:

March 1 until March 21, 2023

Applicants who are invited for a personal interview / oral examination will be notified by email on March 27, 2023.

Examination interviews of the invited applicants with the commission:

May 8 and 9, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. online via zoom

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The interviews take place in small groups of two to four applicants. You can decide whether you want to conduct the interview in German or English. You will be asked to briefly introduce yourself and outline your proposed project before the commission (please be very brief and keep this presentation to a maximum of five minutes), and shortly explain your decision to apply for the Master in Critical Studies. Afterwards, members of the commission will ask you a few questions regarding your application.

After the interviews, the decision is made about who will be accepted to the program.

The result will be announced by e-mail on May 12, 2023.

Requirements for an MA in Critical Studies study:

Completion of a bachelor or diploma degree in a related field or equivalent, proof of possession of special university entrance qualification (for applicants from so-called Third States), successfully passing the admission test and proof of German and English language competency before admission (at least B2 of the Common European Reference Scale for Languages)

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Examination Assignment:

Please sketch an artistic-academic project that you could imagine to realize in the course of this study program. This project should combine scholarly and artistic components in an interdisciplinary manner. Explain which research methods you would like to use, whether and how you would like to work on humanities and cultural studies questions, which artistic techniques and realization modes could be used. Which social contexts could your project be relevant in?


Please write no less than 4,000 characters and no more than 10,000 characters.
Please provide an abstract or a short summary of max. half a page at the beginning of the text.


Use your own words but define your terminology. You are not expected to apply a specific academic or artistic jargon. It is optional to add artistic or visual elements to the text.


Your text can be written in either German or English.

Documents to be submitted:

  • CV (1 single document; pdf)
  • Examination Assignment (1 single document; pdf)
  • Abstract / summary (max. half page)
  • work samples: portfolio and/or text work (1 single document; pdf)
  • Diploma and transcript of the highest academic degree (unlimited files; pdf)