The postgraduate degree course in British Studies is an interdisciplinary teaching programme. It consists of a two semesters' Certificate Phase followed by a six months' Master Phase. Having successfully completed the Certificate Phase, students receive a "British Studies" certificate. After successful completion of the entire course, students are awarded the degree "Master in British Studies" (M.B.S.).
The Certificate Phase comprises about 30 weeks of teaching, divided into two phases of about equal length. The first phase ('Core Programme') consists of a series of lectures and seminars which are compulsory for all students. In the second phase ('Options Programme') students can choose one out of two options (see below). Students have to attend an average of at least 20 hours of classes per week. These may include suitable classes taught in other departments.
During the Master Phase students will spend about three months with a firm or institution in Britain (Internships). In the remaining three months they are expected to write their M.B.S. thesis.
The Core Programme consists of teaching units (lectures, seminars, theme-oriented project works etc.) covering the following topics:
- Information management.
- The history of the United Kingdom.
- The UK's legal systems and their development.
- The history of literature, culture, and the arts in the UK.
- The history of ideas and mentalities in the UK.
- The UK's economic and social history since the Industrial Revolution.
- The UK's present social stratification.
- The development of Britain's political system.
- Cultural Studies - theories and methods.
The Options Programme allows students to specialise by choosing one out of the following two options:
The option "Economy, Law and Politics" comprises teaching units covering the following topics:
- Britain's economic and financial system and economic culture.
- Selected subjects of Britain's legal systems.
- The contemporary political system and culture of the UK.
The option "Culture, Media and Cultural Management" comprises teaching units covering the following topics:
- British elite culture and popular culture.
- British media in past and present.
- Culture as a market and its promotion.