The German Studies pathway of the MA in Language, Culture and History offers a wide range of modules 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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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Fee deposit: All full time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £500.
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
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Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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About this degree
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 modules. 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 cross-language module (30 credits), three taught modules (90 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).
Research: one core cross-language 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.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Language, Culture and History: German Studies. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Language, Culture and History: German Studies. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Language, Culture and History: German Studies.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
Please click here for the current list of compulsory and optional modules for this programme.
The programme also provides students with opportunities to go beyond the German-speaking world. Firstly, the interdisciplinary core module taken by all LCH students permits research into two areas of major contemporary interest outside the language pathway – previous themes include The Past, Memory, Sexuality, and Warfare. Secondly, students on the Taught pathway can choose up to 30 credits of CMII modules (from other CMII MA programmes) with a wider European or global focus. In this way, students can further tailor their specific module choices to their individual interests, leading to a uniquely flexibly, interdisciplinary degree programme. Please see below for more information on module choices.
All students undertake an independent research project on a literary, cultural or historical topic, which culminates in a 12,000-word dissertation (taught pathway) or 18,000-word dissertation (research pathway).
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.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
For details of scholarships available to MA students in the department, please refer to our MA Scholarships webpage.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £7,000 (1 year)
- UK, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The MA provides an excellent foundation year for subsequent doctoral research in all areas of our research specialisms. Many students progress from one of our MA programmes to an MPhil or PhD research degree.
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 is ranked third in the UK for Modern Languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.
UCL's central location offers students easy access to excellent resources, including the British Library, the Institute of Modern Languages Research, 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.
Department: School of European Languages, Culture & Society
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Application and next steps
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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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.
- UK/EU applicants
- 31 May 2021
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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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