Kultur-Sprache-Medien (M.A.)

Key facts

Key facts

  • Academic qualification: Master of Arts (M.A.)

  • Course contents:

    • Literature
    • Linguistics
    • Cultural studies
    • Media studies
    • Art & Visual Culture
    • Business studies

  • Head of department: Dr. Sibylle Machat 
  • Regular duration of study: 4 semesters, 120 CP
  • Languages of instruction: All obligatory courses and most optional courses are taught in English or German (some optional courses may be offered in Danish and minority languages)
  • Commencement of studies: only in Winter Semester

  • Admissions (max.) / numerus clausus:

    • All information can be found on this website ("Zulassungsbeschränkungen")
    • Whether any restrictions are imposed on admission, will be decided for each application period separately

More information: Brochure (download) (in German)



The KSM concept has been in operation in Germany and Denmark as a successful, joint-study program since 1997, offering joint degrees at BA, Diploma and MA levels. The program has enabled over 400 EU and international students to complete their first or second degree. In 2005, the Institutes of English, German, Danish and the Arts at Flensburg formed the KSM research group to offer a fresh, interdisciplinary postgraduate program on the new campus (2002) of Flensburg University, Germany.


Two-year, full-time post-graduate study through seminars, lectures, project, presentation and examination (ECTS: 120 credits). The KSM Masters focuses on the study of cultural modernity in Language and Literature as well as Culture, Art, Textiles, Media and Business Studies at the interfaces of the Baltic, North Sea and North Atlantic zones. Credits are gained by research-oriented, postgraduate study of the culture, literature, language and visual media (arts, fashion, film) of German, Scandinavian and English-speaking Atlantic countries. KSM offers the only postgraduate study program in Europe with this research constellation.

Practicals & internships

One practical abroad of min. 12 weeks in the summer break (or two practicals totaling min. 5 weeks each, one of which is to be conducted abroad: subject to KSM Exam Board regulations).



The Master's program comprises the following six disciplines

  • Cultural Studies,
  • Linguistics,
  • Literary Studies,
  • Art/Visual Culture,
  • Media Studies,
  • Business Studies.

Electives and opportunities for further specialization allow students to choose between generalist studies and increasing specialization.

The first three semesters are thematically framed within the main subjects of the KSM program as follows:

  1. Semester: 'Interculturality'
  2. Semester: 'Contact and Conflict'
  3. Semester: 'Identity and Alterity'

In the fourth semester, students must prepare and give a presentation, take part in a workshop or colloquium, and write an independent research paper that will later be developed into a master's thesis.

Professional prospects/outcomes


Students who successfully follow this primarily research-oriented program will gain understanding of North European and Transatlantic modernity; points of cultural intersection in the Scandinavian, German and English-speaking world; knowledge of the range of theoretical ideas, traditions and movements informing these fields; a grounding in the research methods and practice of cultural, literary, linguistic and visual media studies; and both professional and cross-cultural experience via a practical or internship abroad in e.g. the culture sector.

Professional prospects

KSM graduates today work in Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Britain and Ireland, the USA and Central East Europe. Postings have been in bureaux of the European Union and other international organisations, in governmental and non-governmental agencies, in European and American universities as docents, instructors and coordinators, in international charities, trades unions, education, publishing, advertising and project management as well as the culture and service sectors in Germany and Scandinavia.


A doctoral thesis under individual supervision may be pursued after successful completion of the M.A.

Info and support

Info and support


Going abroad

  • You'll find all information about going abroad on this website.

Additional links

  • AStA (Allgemeiner StudierendenAusschuss)


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You'll find all informationen about application, admission and requirements on this website.