MA Germanic Studies (Research 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.
Our expertise spans Germanic languages, literature, society and thought from the Enlightenment to the present day.
Choose either this course (Research Track) or the Programme Track, depending on your future plans.
This course will prepare you for a PhD, while the Programme Track has a shorter dissertation and more taught modules.
About the course
Joanne Richardson, postgraduate student in the department of Germanic Studies
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.
Fees and funding
Studentships: for information about funding opportunities for postgraduate study, please contact us.
A languages degree from Sheffield is a confident step towards a life with broader horizons. Our graduates live and work all over the world in academia, the arts and culture.
We're based in modern premises at the heart of the University campus. Shared with the Schools of Modern Languages, English and History, the building is designed with student needs in mind, and features modern flexible learning, teaching and research spaces.
Our library has a wide range of materials, including major collections in modern literary, cultural and social studies, nineteenth-century German studies, contemporary German theatre and drama, Germanic linguistics, Dutch studies and Luxembourg studies.
Other Germanic Studies MA pathway
You'll study in a lively, sociable and intellectually stimulating environment. We are a relatively large department, with nine permanent academics, a DAAD Lektor, an Österreich-Kooperation Lektor, and numerous language assistants and research associates. Our teaching is informed by new developments in the field and by our strong interdisciplinary outlook.
Your degree is rooted in our long and distinguished history of research. Our expertise spans Germanic languages, literature and society from the Enlightenment to the present day. Our research is world-leading and internationally recognised.
Fortnightly research seminars bring together students, departmental staff and visiting academics from the UK and abroad.
Your course will train you in the techniques you need to prepare, write and present your work. You'll also learn about research principles and ethics, interview techniques, formulating professional applications and the academic job market.
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).
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.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.
If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:
Dr Kristine Horner