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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants:
31 July 2015
Scholarship applicants:
30 April 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

Degree Information

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.

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 credits), and a research dissertation (90 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits), full-time nine months or part-time two years, is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, one core module (30 credits), one optional module (30 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
  • Trauma
  • Memory
  • Collective Identities

Options

  • Wolfram's Parzival
  • Reading Modern Novels
  • Theoretical Issues in History and Literature
  • Staging the Past: German Historical Drama since 1770
  • Writing and Rewriting Märchen and other Fantastic Tales
  • Discussion and Essay in German: Intensive Essay Writing
  • Translation from and into German: Advanced Translation
  • 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, or a 90-credit dissertation of 18,000 words.

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site German Studies: Language, Culture and History MA

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.

For details of scholarships available to MA students in SELCS, please refer to the MA Scholarships webpage.

Jean Orr Scholarship

Value:
£7,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Master's students studying in one or more of the eligible departments.

Jean Orr Scholarship

Value:
£7,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Master's students studying in one or more of the eligible departments.

Jean Orr Scholarship

Value:
£7,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Master's students studying in one or more of the eligible departments.

Jean Orr Scholarship

Value:
£7,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Master's students studying in one or more of the eligible departments.

Jean Orr Scholarship

Value:
£7,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Master's students studying in one or more of the eligible departments.

Jean Orr Scholarship

Value:
£7,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Master's students studying in one or more of the eligible departments.

Jean Orr Scholarship

Value:
£7,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Master's students studying in one or more of the eligible departments.

Siva-Finestone Master's Scholarship in French

Value:
£8,500
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Open to students enrolled on the MA in Language, Culture and History (French and Francophone Studies).

Siva-Finestone Master's Scholarship in French

Value:
£8,500
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Open to students enrolled on the MA in Language, Culture and History (French and Francophone Studies).

Siva-Finestone Master's Scholarship in French

Value:
£8,500
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Open to students enrolled on the MA in Language, Culture and History (French and Francophone Studies).

Siva-Finestone Master's Scholarship in French

Value:
£8,500
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Open to students enrolled on the MA in Language, Culture and History (French and Francophone Studies).

Siva-Finestone Master's Scholarship in French

Value:
£8,500
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Open to students enrolled on the MA in Language, Culture and History (French and Francophone Studies).

Siva-Finestone Master's Scholarship in French

Value:
£8,500
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Open to students enrolled on the MA in Language, Culture and History (French and Francophone Studies).

Siva-Finestone Master's Scholarship in French

Value:
£8,500
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Open to students enrolled on the MA in Language, Culture and History (French and Francophone Studies).

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 52 staff › 120 taught students › 18 research students

Department: School of European Languages, Culture & Society

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

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.

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants
2015-07-31
Scholarship applicants
2015-04-30
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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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