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Tuition fees (2015/16)

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,755
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,375
  • Overseas Full-time: £17,250
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,755

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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.


Overview

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.


Structure

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

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German Module Options

German Studies (Pathway 1):

German Language (Pathway 2):

German Literature (Pathway 3):

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:





Entry

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

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
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.


Careers

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.


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