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. The Haifa Center for German and European Studies (HCGES) is a joint venture of the University of Haifa and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst). Read more

The Haifa Center for German and European Studies (HCGES) is a joint venture of the University of Haifa and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst). HCGES was founded in 2007 with the goal of exposing students, researchers, and the community at large to a rich spectrum of topics related to modern Europe, and Germany in particular, since 1945.

The international Master of Arts program in German and European Studies at the University of Haifa is being launched as part of the teaching activities of the HCGES. The MA program is designed to acquaint students with topics related to Germany and Europe, highlighting Jewish and Israeli perspectives as well as the relationship between the Middle East and Europe. The program is interdisciplinary and allows students to approach German and European studies from a variety of angles while providing students with the opportunity to engage with other departments for a well-rounded education.

What you will study

The MA program in German and European Studies aims to deepen students’ knowledge of Germany, Europe, and the European Union. The program is structured using the “area studies” model and offers a challenging and unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines many fields of study including economics, law, political science, geography, environmental studies, sociology, history and literature. In addition to the core curriculum, students in the program acquire a strong command of the German language by studying 4-8 language hours per week. The program is available in two tracks: a thesis track and a non-thesis track. Students have the option to complete the program in one or two calendar years.

The program also includes an optional, though highly recommended, study tour to Germany and other European countries. The study tour is built around a chosen theme which changes every year. During the study tour, students visit EU institutions as well as other sites relevant to their studies. The cost of the study tour is not included in the program tuition.

For full curriculum please visit here.

Career

Graduates of the program will be well placed to pursue career paths in cultural institutions, Europe-related NGOs, museums, galleries and places of learning, as well as other points of contact between Israeli and European countries.

Courses

Required Courses

  • Research Methods
  • Modern German History
  • Introduction to German Society
  • Introduction to German Economy
  • Basic Principles of German Law
  • Introduction to German Culture after 1945
  • The European Union
  • Colloquium: Topics in German and European Studies
  • German Language

Elective Courses (the list changes every academic year)

  • Israeli-German Relations, 1948-1992
  • The Defense and Security Policy of the EU
  • Comparative Welfare Politics in the EU
  • The European Human Rights Convention
  • Modern European History
  • Modern German Literature
  • Germany and Sports
  • Democratization in Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparative Perspective
  • German Cinema

For more details on the current program curriculum, please visit here.

Faculty

The Haifa Centre for German and European Studies is directed by Professor Eli Salzberger and includes staff with a number of subject-related area specializations. Also at the faculty is Winfried Schumacher who is our German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) lecturer at University of Haifa. He teaches language and additional culture and media courses at the Center for German and European Studies. He is also responsible for consulting students and researchers for the DAAD in Haifa and at the Goethe Institut in Tel Aviv.

For the full list of faculty staff please click here.

Scholarships

The program offers 15 DAAD scholarships annually, which covers tuition fees (around 14.000 NIS for the two years track and 27.000 NIS for the one year track). To obtain more information on DAAD scholarships and on how to apply, please click here. You can also visit the HCGES website for more information on scholarships. 

This program is now eligible for Masa scholarship. For more scholarship information please visit the International school's Scholarships page.



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The Higher Certificate in German Literature has been developed by the Department of German, Maynooth University to address the needs of those working as teachers of German, graduates of German exploring other career options as well adults with a very good competence in German language who are interested in learning more about the literature and culture of the German-speaking countries. Read more

Overview

The Higher Certificate in German Literature has been developed by the Department of German, Maynooth University to address the needs of those working as teachers of German, graduates of German exploring other career options as well adults with a very good competence in German language who are interested in learning more about the literature and culture of the German-speaking countries.
The Higher Certificate in German Literature aims to
- provide students with an opportunity to specialise in the area of German literature through the study of a broad range of German-language literary texts from the Enlightenment to the present day;

- equip students who have little experience of dealing with literary texts with the necessary academic, analytical, creative, aesthetic, reflective and presentation skills to enable them to engage with literature in a productive way;

- enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of important concepts of European languages, literatures, cultures and societies, in particular with regard to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

See the website https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/german/our-courses/higher-certificate-german-literature

Minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
- TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
- TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
- PTE (Pearson): 62

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

Course Structure

The Higher Certificate in German Literature is a part-time programme that will be delivered in an open learning format incorporating distance learning and intensive workshops. It comprises a set of four 5-credit modules on which students will be examined by continuous assessment.

9 x 4-hour workshops: 36 hours

Planned home-based learning activities: 88 hours

Independent student activities: 144

Total: 268 hours

There will be a 4-hour introductory workshop at the start of the course. Each 5-credit module will also involve two 4-hour module workshops as well as ongoing scheduled activities and independent study. The nine workshops, normally organised on Saturdays, will provide an opportunity for participants to familiarise themselves with a variety of approaches to the course texts, to present and discuss their ideas about the texts they have read at home and to critically reflect on the way in which literature both reflects and feeds into issues of relevance to the societies in which the authors are writing.

There are two options for completing the Higher Certificate in German Literature:
- a 1-year part-time option, where students complete two 5-credit modules each semester and
- a 2-year part-time option, where students complete one 5-credit module each semester.

Before registration for the 1-year part-time programme, students should agree a study plan with the Programme Director.

Modules:
Semester 1
- GN211D LITERATURE & SOCIETY 1 (Distance)
- GN311D LITERATURE & SOCIETY 3 (Distance)

Semester 2
- GN221D LITERATURE & SOCIETY 2 (Distance)
- GN321D LITERATURE & SOCIETY 4 (Distance)

Assessment Procedure:
Participants will be expected to attend all course workshops, to prepare for those workshops by reading prescribed material, and to participate fully in the group process and learning. All four modules involved in the Higher Certificate in German Literature will be assessed by continuous assessment, which may involve a combination of methods such as essays, presentations at module workshops, reaction papers and/or critical analysis of short excerpts from text. Participants will be advised on how to prepare for these and will receive feedback on their progress throughout the course.

Career Options

The Certificate in German Literature enables graduates working as Post-Primary language teachers to engage with a substantial body of literature through the medium of the foreign language. The course would furthermore constitute an ideal starting point for further study in literary and cultural studies, including the NUI Maynooth MA in German or the MA in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Narratives of Conflict.

Find out how to apply here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/german/our-courses/higher-certificate-german-literature#tabs-apply

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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German is the native language of over 100 million people. It is one of the ten major languages of the world. It is spoken not only in Germany and Austria, but in Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, and parts of northern Italy, eastern Belgium and eastern France. Read more

Why Study German?

German is the native language of over 100 million people. It is one of the ten major languages of the world. It is spoken not only in Germany and Austria, but in Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, and parts of northern Italy, eastern Belgium and eastern France. German speakers have made major and lasting contributions to commerce, science, technology, religion, psychology, music, literature, and many other fields.

The German Program at The University of Alabama has an active German Club, a German House Living/Learning community, and numerous study abroad opportunities. The German Program offers small classes and individual attention, a range of scholarships, and the only German graduate program in the state. The University Scholars Program allows students to obtain BA and MA degrees in five years instead of the usual six.

German majors obtain jobs not only in teaching and translating, but also in many other fields of business and government. There are over 1200 German companies in the Southeastern United States, and many actively recruit German speakers. Recent and ongoing German investment in Alabama alone totals more than four billion dollars. Our German majors also can and do pursue graduate degrees, they also attend law school, business school, and medical school.

In collaboration with the College of Engineering students who are interested in Engineering and German may combine their interests and apply to the prestigious program Two Steps Ahead: International German Student Exchange Program. This program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience state-of-the-art automotive engineering technology and exposure to the high-tech environment in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, home to Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Bosch, and ZF. In addition to technical knowledge, students will acquire along the way advanced German language and cultural skills to make them more successful in multinational companies.

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The Graduate Diploma in German offers many advantages in that it allows you to study German at your own pace, when and where you like. Read more
The Graduate Diploma in German offers many advantages in that it allows you to study German at your own pace, when and where you like. The Diploma is recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (subject to approval) and carries a credit rating of 120 SCOTCAT points (SCQF levels 9-10).

This is a unique distance-learning course, delivered primarily over the internet, using a virtual learning environment (VLE). You will be part of a 'virtual' learning community, in regular contact with your German tutors and fellow students. Together we explore aspects of the German language and culture and share language teaching expertise.

Experienced staff and native German speakers are responsible for the module design, delivery and student support.
PLEASE NOTE: This course is scheduled to run from September 2014 to June 2016 and it will only run if sufficient numbers of students enrol.

Who can apply?

Are you:
A Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher who wishes to gain a GTC recognised additional teaching qualification in German?
A Primary, Further or Adult Education teacher who would like to improve their German for teaching purposes?
An advanced student of German (Higher+) who wishes to gain a University Diploma in German for work purposes or for personal interest?

Aims of the course

The course aims to provide the challenge of an undergraduate curriculum in practical German. Learning materials are of wide general appeal as well as of interest to language teachers and are studied in modules of approximately ten weeks duration throughout the course. The choice of assessments and the project allow participants to focus on their own specific interest areas. The course covers the following;

Skills and Topics:
German language, including grammar and communication skills
Culture and society
Themes such as 20th Century literature, education, the environment, and German cinema
Professional studies
Project

Immersion days

Four German Immersion Days per academic session are held at Dundee University, usually on a Saturday. They will provide a chance to meet other course participants, practice oral skills, and participate in a variety of activities in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We are fortunate to have the support of the German Institute for this course.

Assessment

A wide variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course.
The course project consists of an extended essay and a series of lesson plans or equivalent for non-teachers. At the end of the course there is a two and a half hour written examination and an oral examination, both normally held in Dundee.

Course materials

You will be expected to buy the course textbook, a reference grammar book, a good bilingual German-English dictionary, and occasional literary texts. Please note that you will be required to have Internet and Skype access.

Residence abroad

For those taking the Diploma course as an additional teaching qualification, residence abroad is normally a pre-requisite for GTC(S) registration in French (Secondary). This period of residence has to be arranged by course participants themselves.

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The MA in German aims to provide students who already have a background in German at undergraduate level with an opportunity to specialise in the areas of translation, literary analysis and applied linguistics at a postgraduate level. Read more

Overview

The MA in German aims to provide students who already have a background in German at undergraduate level with an opportunity to specialise in the areas of translation, literary analysis and applied linguistics at a postgraduate level. The programme introduces students to academic research, new ideas and approaches. It aims to equip students with academic, analytical, creative and reflective skills in order to foster interest and involvement in research in the field of German Studies. It aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of important concepts in German language and literature (including their didactic and methodological application), culture and society.
It is possible to study modules of particular interest without completing a Masters degree or to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9) in German after completing 60 credits of taught modules.

See the website https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/german/our-courses/ma-german-pt

Course Structure

The part-time MA in German is a two-year degree programme. The course involves two elements: a set of modules on which students will be examined in January and in May/June, and a dissertation (Minor Thesis) which students are expected to complete during the summer after their 4th semester. Modules include translation studies, methodologies of teaching and learning, contemporary European women's writing, German literature and research skills.

Career Options

German is the largest language in Europe in terms of native speakers and one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with more than 100 million native speakers and millions more speaking German as a second language. Germany has also the largest economy in Europe. With many German, Swiss and Austrian banks/companies and many other international firms located in Ireland conducting business in German-speaking Europe, career opportunities in the economic/business sector are plentiful. The MA in German also enhances opportunities in teaching, the civil service, journalism as well as the diplomatic, academic and many other professions.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code
MHO51

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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Maynooth University is one of the main centres of research in German Studies in Ireland. The research profiles of staff members are very varied, covering all periods of German literature and including many aspects of German culture and history. Read more

Overview

Maynooth University is one of the main centres of research in German Studies in Ireland. The research profiles of staff members are very varied, covering all periods of German literature and including many aspects of German culture and history. The German Department offers research opportunities relating to all German-speaking countries and, uniquely, relating to theoretical and applied linguistics as well as the theory and practice of Teaching German as a Foreign Language. Other particular areas of research include travel writing, intercultural encounters, aesthetics, minorities, German-Jewish studies and postcolonial studies. Research topics from other areas need to be discussed with the prospective supervisor prior to application.

Closing date:
Research applications are generally accepted at any time.

See the website https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/german/our-courses/mlittresearch-3

Minimum English language requirements:
• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Course Structure

The student, in consultation with his/her supervisor, will devise a research plan. It is advised that students also avail of the opportunity to take generic skills modules (GSA1, GSA2 and GSA3) and/or subject specific modules (any of the ID84X modules, e.g. ID841, ID842 or ID843).

Students who do not hold an MA or equivalent qualification (only admitted in exceptional cases) may be required to take modules from the MA programme. Students may, in consultation with their supervisor and the Head of German, take additional modules.

Career Options

German is the largest language in Europe in terms of native speakers and one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with more than 100 million native speakers and millions more speaking German as a second language. Germany has also the largest economy in Europe, thus making German a language widely offered in universities around the world. The MLitt in German enhances opportunities in teaching, the civil service, journalism as well as the diplomatic, academic and many other professions.

Find out how to apply here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/german/our-courses/mlittresearch-3#tabs-apply

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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The German History MA allows students to investigate in depth the rich, diverse traditions and violent upheavals of German and Austrian history. Read more
The German History MA allows students to investigate in depth the rich, diverse traditions and violent upheavals of German and Austrian history. Drawing on the expertise of an unparalleled range of specialists at UCL, this programme provides a foundation for understanding some of the most important junctures and developments of the modern era.

Degree information

The MA offers students the opportunity to explore a range of aspects of German history, and gives students a grounding in one of the principal areas of modern history, essential for an understanding of contemporary Europe and its past. 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
-The core Language, Culture and History module permits research into two areas of major contemporary interest, such as: Trauma; Memory; Visual Culture; Queer(y)ing Sexuality

Optional modules - students take a choice of optional modules on topics such as the following:
-Theoretical Issues in History and Literature
-Parzival
-Reading Modern Novels
-Staging the Past: German Historical Drama since 1770
-Writing and Rewriting Marchen and other Fantastic Tales
-Language, Power and Ideology
-Translation From and into German Language; Advanced Translation
-Discussion and Essay in German Language; Intensive Essay Writing
-German Literature and Psychology

Dissertation/report
All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words (taught pathway) or 18,000 words (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.

Careers

The degree offers a graduate qualification in its own right, as well as serving as a pathway towards doctoral research in the field of German and European history. Many students progress from one of our MA programmes to an MPhil or PhD research degree. First destinations of recent graduates include:
-DAAD: Doctoral Research
-Finds Liaison Officer: Portable Antiquities Scheme
-Rainbow Language in Business: Administrator
-University of Reading: PGCE.

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.

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Research profile. One of the University’s larger modern language subject areas, German has earned its place as a significant centre for research, with half of our research ranked as internationally excellent or world leading in the latest Research Assessment Exercise. Read more

Research profile

One of the University’s larger modern language subject areas, German has earned its place as a significant centre for research, with half of our research ranked as internationally excellent or world leading in the latest Research Assessment Exercise.

The size of our graduate school means we are able to support a broad range of German and Austrian cultural and literary research themes, from the medieval period to the present.

Current interests include:

  • 18th century and Romanticism studies
  • censorship studies
  • contemporary German literature
  • cultural and political studies and literary theory
  • gender studies
  • German and Austrian Jewish literature
  • identity studies
  • literature and culture of the German/Austrian fin-de-siècle
  • literature and culture of the Weimar Republic and the National Socialist era
  • migrant literature in German
  • palaeography and Medieval textual studies
  • post-Holocaust literature
  • post-war West and East German literary and cultural studies
  • the Medieval German epic
  • theatre and performance studies
  • travel writing
  • Turkish-German literature

Training and support

We promote the connection between language and culture through a number of extracurricular programmes, both formal and informal.

You will have the opportunity to take part in our annual play, which is commonly a collaborative effort with a noted German author or playwright.

We organise regular film nights, followed by Stammtisch, and gallery visits are also offered.

We maintain close links with the Scottish arm of the Goethe Institut and the Edinburgh German Circle, which both provide opportunities to make contacts and socialise with the city’s sizeable German community.

Facilities

Testament to our breadth of research expertise and lively graduate school community, our RAE ranking also reflects world-class resources (such as our well-stocked libraries and the expansive Karin McPherson collection of GDR writing) and commitment to publishing, most notably through our production of the esteemed Edinburgh German Yearbook.



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The MA in German aims to provide students who already have a background in German at undergraduate level with an opportunity to specialise in the areas of translation, literary analysis and applied linguistics at a postgraduate level. Read more

Overview

The MA in German aims to provide students who already have a background in German at undergraduate level with an opportunity to specialise in the areas of translation, literary analysis and applied linguistics at a postgraduate level. The programme introduces students to academic research, new ideas and approaches. It aims to equip students with academic, analytical, creative and reflective skills in order to foster interest and involvement in research in the field of German Studies. It aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of important concepts in German language and literature (including their didactic and methodological application), culture and society.

It is possible to study modules of particular interest without completing a Masters degree or to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9) in German after completing 60 credits of taught modules.

See the website https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/german/our-courses/ma-german

Course Structure

The course involves two elements: a set of modules on which students will be examined in January and in May/June, and a dissertation (Minor Thesis) which students are expected to complete during the summer after their 2nd semester. Modules include translation studies, methodologies of teaching and learning, contemporary European women's writing, German literature and research skills.

Career Options

German is the largest language in Europe in terms of native speakers and one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with more than 100 million native speakers and millions more speaking German as a second language. Germany has also the largest economy in Europe. With many German, Swiss and Austrian banks/companies and many other international firms located in Ireland conducting business in German-speaking Europe, career opportunities in the economic/business sector are plentiful. The MA in German also enhances opportunities in teaching, the civil service, journalism as well as the diplomatic, academic and many other professions.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code
MHO50 Full-time

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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The German Studies MA offers a wide range of courses covering many aspects of German language, culture and history. Read more
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.

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 areas of major contemporary interest; for example, topics explored during the current year include the following: Trauma; Memory; Visual Culture; Queer(y)ing Sexuality

Optional modules - students take a choice of optional modules on topics such as the following:
-Wolfram's Parzival
-Reading Modern Novels
-Theoretical Issues in History and Literature
-Staging the Past: German Historical Drama since 1770
-Writing and Rewriting Marchen and other Fantastic Tales
-Discussion and Essay in German: Intensive Essay Writing
-Translation from and into German: Advanced Translation
-Geman Literature and Psychology

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.

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.

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The MLitt in German Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Department of German in the School of Modern Languages. The programme is aimed at those looking to expand their understanding and knowledge of the literature, culture and history of German or to continue at PhD level. Read more

The MLitt in German Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Department of German in the School of Modern Languages. The programme is aimed at those looking to expand their understanding and knowledge of the literature, culture and history of German or to continue at PhD level.

Highlights

  • Students receive a carefully balanced combination of training in advanced research techniques and skills, an overview of the state of the art of German studies and specialisation in any area of German studies.
  • You will have personal access to teachers with expertise in a wider range of areas in German Studies (medieval literature, the nineteenth century, realism, historiography, cultural memory and film).
  • Teaching is geared towards encouraging and directing independent research.
  • You will be part of our friendly department and thriving and a close-knit postgraduate community, with many students from our partner university in Bonn.
  • The course offers access to teachers with expertise in a wide range of areas in German Studies including medieval literature, the nineteenth century, realism, historiography, cultural memory and film.

Teaching format

The taught portion of the course consists of five compulsory modules involving literary theory, research skills, and German literature and culture. Classes are delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and fortnightly tutorials, with class sizes ranging from individual one-to-one teaching up to 20 students. Modules are assessed through coursework; there are no final exams for this programme. 

You will spend the summer months focusing on researching and writing a final dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.

Modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.



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The master's degree in German Law for foreign graduates is a research-focused degree that imparts professional legal expertise and allows you to develop your legal skills. Read more

About the programme

The master's degree in German Law for foreign graduates is a research-focused degree that imparts professional legal expertise and allows you to develop your legal skills.

Unlike most other disciplines, laws are unique to the societies that brought them forth, and therefore vary significantly from country to country. There is a steadily growing demand for legal practitioners with in-depth knowledge of the German legal system.

Building on a previous law degree earned abroad, this degree programme gives you essential skills and specific expertise in German law, while placing special emphasis on research.

The Scientific Methods module enables you to leverage your methodological and systematic competences developed over the course of the degree programme when conducting independent research – skills you will apply when writing your master's thesis, which forms part of the programme.

Features

The Faculty of Law of the University of Passau has an excellent reputation in Germany and regularly achieves top results in the various university rankings
A multicultural environment owing to the international orientation of the University and the Faculty of Law in particular
German Courses Passau offers German language courses specially designed for law students, which are open to students enrolled on this LL.M. programme
Attend modules together with German law students
Previous academic achievements at other German universities may be counted towards the degree.

Programme syllabus

The degree programme consists of three modules:

1) Foundation module
2) Scientific Methods module
3) Elective module

The degree programme consists of three modules:

1) Foundation module: this consists of the foundation courses in Civil Law and Constitutional Law (both courses include a lecture and a tutorial). You will choose one of these two foundation courses, each of which is taught for a period of two semesters (Foundation Courses 1 and 2).

2) Scientific Methods module: This module, which takes place in the winter semester, consists of a seminar for master's students, in which you will write a seminar paper and give a presentation.

3) Elective module: You will choose three of the following five electives: Civil Law, Public Law, Criminal Law, International Aspects of German Law and Principles of Law. Two courses are held in the winter semester and one in the summer semester. Instead of the two winter-semester courses, you may study the foundation course (Civil Law 1 or Constitutional Law 1) not already completed in the foundation module.

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The programme will enable students to:
• Analyse and interpret German-language culture within a broader European context, including the inter-relationship between Ireland and Germany, Switzerland, Austria
• Handle a wide range of communicative situations in the foreign language and communicate in oral and written German with a high degree of accuracy and confidence
• Function as plurilingual European citizens with both the linguistic and conceptual skills to operate in a future increasingly multi-cultural environment in Ireland and abroad and function effectively as cultural mediators between Ireland and the German-speaking countries
• Fulfil leadership roles in cross-cultural contexts
• Conceptualise larger research projects (e.g. in preparation for further study towards a PhD degree) and participate in a broader intellectual community of postgraduate research and learning.

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Research interests

Specialist areas of our staff range across the whole of the Modern period, from the 18th-century Enlightenment to the present day, with notable areas of expertise in:
-German Classicism and Romanticism
-Orientalism in German Culture from 1800 to the Present
-German Diasporic Cultures and Literatures
-Nationalism and Anti-Semitism
-Weimar Cultures
-Contemporary German History
-GDR History; Gender, Terrorism and Prison Writing
-Post-War German Literature and Culture
-German Memory Cultures
-Temporality and Deceleration in Contemporary German Culture
-Critical Theory

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-Education
-English
-Film
-Fine Arts
-French
-History
-Linguistics
-Music
-Philosophy
-Spanish

M.A. students in our department have ample research and teaching opportunities. They receive training in second language teaching and the teaching of culture and literature. They also have the opportunity to develop their research skills by working on the many and varied research projects of faculty members. Members of the department work in close connection with the recently established Language Research Centre, and this collaboration provides many exciting research opportunities for graduate students in the areas of second language acquisition and pedagogy.

If you are interested in connecting German with other fields and disciplines; if you are thinking about teaching and research – the MA program in German might be for you.

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