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Mrs Patrizia Oliver

Email: patrizia.oliver@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7024

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

Several funding options are possible for applicants including: Arts and Humanities Faculty Awards, UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students and UCL German Alumni Scholarship.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Not Applicable
(What is the RAE?)

The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

German History: Language, Culture and History MA

The German History MA allows students to investigate in depth the rich, diverse traditions and violent upheavals of German and Austrian history. Drawing on the expertise of an unparalleled range of specialists at UCL, this programme provides a foundation for understanding some of the most important junctures and developments of the modern era.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The MA offers students the opportunity to explore a range of aspects of German history, and gives students a grounding in one of the principal areas of modern history, essential for an understanding of contemporary Europe and its past. Text-based language teaching is available for students wishing to develop their linguistic skills.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL German is recognised in the UK and overseas as a premier department for the study of German culture, history and language. In the RAE 2008, UCL German was tied for first place in percentage of research judged to be 'world leading' and received the second highest rating overall.

UCL's central location offers students easy access to excellent resources, including the British Library, the Institute for Germanic Studies, the German Historical Institute and the Institute of Historical Research.

The cultural offerings of the Goethe Institut, the Austrian Institute, and a wealth of exhibitions, films and theatrical performances are all nearby.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers two pathways: standard and research. Taught: one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). Research: one core module (30 credits), two taught modules, and a research dissertation (90 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or part-time two years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months, part-time six months) is offered.

Core Module

  • Language, Culture and History. This core module permits research into two of the following fields:
  • Postcolonialism
  • Visual Culture
  • Trauma
  • Memory
  • Collective Identities
  • Subjectivity and the Self

Options

  • Classical Traditions in Social and Cultural Theory
  • Theoretical Issues in History and Literature
  • Parzival
  • Reading Modern Novels
  • Aspects of German Culture, Politics and Identity
  • Modern German Art
  • Austrian Literature 1890–1938: From Empire to Republic
  • Film in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich
  • Language, Power and Ideology
  • Translation From and into German – Advanced Translation
  • Discussion and Essay in German – Intensive Essay Writing
  • Crime, Punishment and Idea of Justice in German Literature
  • German Literature and Psychology

Dissertation/report

All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words (taught pathway) or 18,000 words (research pathway).

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Formal teaching occurs in the first two terms and the third term is devoted to revision sessions, examinations and detailed supervision of the dissertation project. Student performance is assessed through coursework essays, a dissertation, and unseen written examinations.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A knowledge of German at least equivalent to UK A level standard is required.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Each candidate is required to obtain recommendations from two referees. Candidates seeking AHRC funding should note that applications to the department should be made not less than a month before the AHRC deadline of 1 May.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for students with a first degree in German, history, European studies or other relevant humanities or social science subjects, who wish to develop specialised knowledge of the field, with a view to further research or as a qualification in its own right.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study German History at graduate level
  • why you want to study German History at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

The degree offers a graduate qualification in its own right, as well as serving as a pathway towards doctoral research in the field of German and European history. Many students progress from one of our MA programmes to an MPhil or PhD research degree.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • DAAD: Doctoral Research
  • Finds Liaison Officer: Portable Antiquities Scheme
  • Rainbow Language in Business: Administrator
  • University of Reading: PGCE.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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