MA Germanic Studies (Programme Track)

Department of Germanic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

We'll teach you how to prepare, write and present excellent work. And we can show you how to apply your skills in an academic or professional career.

The staff in the Germanic Studies department are extremely supportive and go far beyond the call of duty to assist and encourage you in your research. They maintain an active interest in your projects and how they are progressing and they are always on hand to help and guide you so that you can reach your potential.

Cydney Sturgess, Postgraduate Student in the Department of Germanic Studies

About the course

Course description 2017

You’ll develop a critical understanding of the most important current issues and controversies within Germanic Studies.

You choose one specialised area within the general field of Germanic Studies (for instance German politics, 19th and 20th-century German and Dutch literature, German thought, German and Dutch linguistics or Luxembourg studies).

This focus helps you develop in-depth knowledge and the capacity for independent investigation and critical analysis.

If you’re sure you don’t want to progress to a PhD, choose this course. It has a shorter dissertation and a greater proportion of coursework than the research track.

Joanne Richardson, MA Germanic Studies (Research Track)

Core modules

  • Approaches to Germanic Studies I
  • Approaches to Germanic Studies II
  • Research Methods in Modern Languages
  • Research Colloquium
  • Dissertation

Optional specialisation

Choose from:

  • Modern German Political Culture
  • German Intellectual History
  • Nineteenth-Century German Literary Studies
  • Twentieth-Century German Literary Writing
  • Post-War German Politics
  • Germanic Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics
  • Dutch Linguistics
  • Dutch Literature Since 1945
  • Luxembourg Studies

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place through small group seminars (on average two to three students) and one-on-one supervisions. Assessment depends on the module.

  • Approaches to Germanic Studies is assessed by a 3,000-word essay.
  • Research colloquium is assessed by a presentation and participants are required to actively participate in the organisation of the colloquium.
  • Your final dissertation will be 12,000–15,000 words for 60 credits.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You'll need a good 2:1 degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject. We'll consider your application if you have other qualifications, as long as you can provide evidence of very strong motivation for research in Germanic Studies.

You should include a short written account of your academic interests and motivation in your application, along with samples of previous written work. You should expect to attend an interview

English Language Requirements

Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Fees and funding

Studentships: for information about funding opportunities for postgraduate study, please contact us.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Dr Kristine Horner

Dr Kristine Horner

Research interests include:
Multilingualism, Sociolinguistics and Luxembourg Studies.

Published extensively on language politics, language ideologies and multilingualism. Her latest major publications are Introducing Multilingualism: A Social Approach (with J-J. Weber; Routledge, 2012) and Multilingualism and Mobility in Europe: Policies and Practices (with I. de Saint-Georges and J-J. Weber; Peter Lang, 2014).

Current projects:
Citizenship, Identity and Language in Luxembourg; Multilingualism and the Voices of Young People in Luxembourg; Worldwide Universities Network on Multilingualism and Mobility in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 0631

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.