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The German Department at The University of Nottingham is one of the leading centres for research in German studies in the UK and was awarded the highest grade of 5* in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise for the excellence of its research (2001).

We are a lively and cosmopolitan community with staff and students from across the globe. Postgraduate students play an important part in the life of the Department and are fully integrated into our dynamic research environment.

Our academic staff have expertise in an exceptionally broad range of areas and offer research supervision in an exciting array of subjects. Therefore, students pursuing the MA in German by Research have the opportunity to carry out a sustained piece of research in a variety of areas including, but not limited to:

• contemporary studies
• critical theory, film and media studies
• linguistic and Medieval studies
• literature and culture, 1750-1890
• literature, culture and politics, 1890-1945

Course structure and support

The programme, which can be completed one year full-time or two years part-time, is tailored to the research interests of the student who devises a research topic in close consultation with the appropriate supervisor. The course is assessed by three 5,000-word essays and a 20,000-word dissertation.

Students also complete a core module from the Department’s taught MA programme, either Critical Theory and German Studies or Constructing Identities: History and Culture.

The University’s Graduate School runs a series of seminars for all postgraduate students to introduce them to research methods and issues. We also ensure that postgraduate research students receive appropriate skills training throughout their studies, are invited to attend lectures by visiting speakers, and take part in departmental research seminars.

The University Library is well stocked with books and journals, and contains a number of special collections of interest to researchers in German. Postgraduate students have access to study carrels equipped with computers in the Humanities Graduate Centre.

Entry requirements

Those whose first language is not English must achieve an overall score on the British Council IELTS test of at least 6.50 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or a TOEFL score of 573 (230 for computer based tests) with a TWE of at least 4.5, or a TOEFL iBT score of 100 (with no less than 19 in any element). Test results should be no more than two years old.

Qualified applicants based in the UK will normally be interviewed and may be asked to submit a sample of their written work.

Visit the German (MA by Research) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

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