German Studies: Language, Culture and History MA

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate


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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • UK/EU applicants: 1 August 2014
  • Scholarship applicants: 1 May 2014

More details in Application section.


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.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers two pathways: taught 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 (60 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

  • Wolfram's Parzival
  • Austrian Literature
  • Modern German Art
  • Reading German Novels
  • Classical Traditions in Social and Cultural Theory
  • Theoretical Issues in History and Literature
  • Aspects of German Culture, Politics and Identity
  • History and Representation
  • Discussion and Essay
  • Translation from and into German
  • Crime, Punishment and Idea of Justice in German Literature
  • German Literature and Psychology
  • Other options are chosen from all departmental graduate-level modules

Dissertation/report

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:


Funding

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

Scholarships available for this department

Jean Orr Scholarship

For prospective Master's students in the Department of History, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (studying Dutch, French or Italian). This award is based on academic merit. There is no application procedure for this scholarship; all eligible students will be automatically considered.

Siva-Finestone Master's Scholarship in French

This award is based on academic merit and is open to prospective students of the MA in Language, Culture and History (French and Francophone Studies).

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014. 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 2014.

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
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 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

Employability

With their specialist knowledge and language skills, German Master's graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, teaching and academia.


Next steps

Contact

Administrator

Ms Patrizia Oliver

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7024

Department

School of European Languages, Culture & Society

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