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Tuition Fees (2016/17)
£9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
£18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)
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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

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.

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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.


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


This interdisciplinary MA aims to offer students from a variety of intellectual backgrounds the opportunity to explore a wide range of aspects of German culture, thought and history.

It seeks to build on the German Department's existing strengths and interests and to foster interdisciplinary research in the area of German Studies. It also provides students with an excellent foundation in most elements of German Studies at an advanced level.

Applications are welcome from students with a broad interest in matters German, who have a first or good second-class honours degree (or the equivalent from non-UK institutions) in German, European Studies, history, politics and sociology, and related fields, and a knowledge of German at least equivalent to A-level standard. The degree programme may be taken over one year full-time or two years part-time.

All MA programmes should add up to 180 credits. They can be taken as Taught or Research-Intensive Pathways, details are given below.

Taught Pathway

You will take the core course (30 credits), the dissertation (60 credits) and 90 credits-worth of other modules, at least 60 credits of which must be chosen from the language-specific pathway.

Research-Intensive Pathway

You will take the core course (30 credits), the dissertation (90 credits) and 60 credits-worth of other modules from the language-specific pathway.

Compulsory Modules


German Module Options

German Studies (Pathway 1):

German Language (Pathway 2):

German Literature (Pathway 3):

These MA modules are designed as an extension to an existing undergraduate course and students taking it will taught along with the undergraduates following that course. MA students following these modules will be provided with five extra 'dedicated' seminars covering material not featured in the undergraduate modules. The examination of these modules, and the assessment for them, are different from the examination and assessment of the undergraduate modules.

Elective modules offered as part of the MA Language Culture and History programme may be withdrawn in the event of low uptake.

Other Optional Modules

With the agreement of the Programme Director, students may combine their interests in German Studies with other areas or subjects taught across the various MA programmes. Students may choose from:



How to apply

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
29 July 2016
Scholarship applicants
30 April 2016

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.



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


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