MA Germanic Studies (Research Track)
Department of Germanic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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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.
This course will prepare you for doctoral research and improves your chances of obtaining funding from the AHRC and other funding bodies.
- Approaches to Germanic Studies I
- Approaches to Germanic Studies II
- Research Methods in Modern Languages
- Research Colloquium
- 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.
- Research Methods in Modern Languages is assessed by two 1,500-word reviews of texts in your chosen area, as if for publication in a suitable journal (including initial draft, revisions, adapting to journal house style and copy-editing).
- Approaches to Germanic Studies isassessed 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 18,000–20,000 words for 90 credits.
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.
Dr Kristine Horner
Research interests include:
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
The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.