Mrs Patrizia Oliver
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Fees and funding
Several funding options are possible for applicants including: Arts and Humanities Faculty Awards, UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students and the UCL German Alumni Scholarship.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
German Studies: Language, Culture and History MA
The German Studies MA offers a wide range of courses covering many aspects of German language, culture and history. This highly flexible programme allows students from a diversity of backgrounds to pursue topics in more depth, to acquire new areas of interdisciplinary expertise and to enhance their German language skills.
What will I learn?
This MA enables further exploration of aspects of German literature, culture, history, politics, and social and political thought, within an explicitly thematic and theoretical framework. Students can specialise in particular areas of interest through the optional courses. 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:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
The programme offers four pathways choices: (1) German Studies (2) German Language (3) German Literature and (4) German Studies (Research). Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Core, option and dissertation credits vary depending on the pathway chosen.
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.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 60-credit dissertation of 12,000 words (pathways 1, 2 and 3) or a 90-credit dissertation of 18,000 words (pathway 4).
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
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?
This programme is particularly suitable for students with a first degree in German, European studies, history, politics or sociology who wish to strengthen their knowledge of German culture and history; either as a foundation for subsequent doctoral research or as a graduate 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 Studies at graduate level
- why you want to study German Studies 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
The MA provides an excellent foundation year for subsequent doctoral research in all areas of the department's research specialisms. Many students progress from one of our MA programmes to an MPhil or PhD research degree.
First destinations of recent graduates include:
- GTZ: Intern
- University of Cambridge: PGCE Secondary English
- Kent County Council: Teacher
- BPP: Graduate Diploma in Law
- Rosecliffe Associates: Principal Consultant
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: