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Master in Critical Studies for the study year 2022/2023

Admission Examination

Registration online and Submission of the examination assignment online: February 1 until February 28, 2022

The online application will be available during the call at:

Review of the assignment by a commission:

March 1 until March 20, 2022

Applicants who are invited for a personal interview / oral examination will be notified by email on March 25, 2022.

Examination interviews of the invited applicants with the commission:

2. und 3. Mai 2022, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. online via zoom

Please save this date. After this day the commission will make the decision who is admitted to the study. You will be informed of the results by e-mail.

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.

The result will be announced by e-mail on May 6, 2022.

Requirements for an MA in Critical Studies study:

Master in Critical Studies:

Completion of a bachelor 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 as a Master's thesis at the end of the 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 which humanities and cultural studies questions, which artistic techniques and realization modes could be used. Which social contexts could your project be relevant in? Do you have a specific audience in mind?


Please write no less than 4,000 characters and no more than 10,000 characters.


Use your own words but define your terminology. You are not expected to apply a specific academic or artistic jargon. State the reasons for your decisions.


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)
  • work samples: portfolio and/or text work (1 single document; pdf)
  • Diploma and transcript of the highest academic degree (unlimited files; pdf)