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About the course

You’ll develop a critical understanding of the most important current issues and controversies within Germanic Studies.

You choose one specialised area within the general field of Germanic Studies (for instance German politics, 19th and 20th-century German and Dutch literature, German thought, German and Dutch linguistics or Luxembourg studies).

This focus helps you develop in-depth knowledge and the capacity for independent investigation and critical analysis.

If you’re sure you don’t want to progress to a PhD, choose this course. It has a shorter dissertation and a greater proportion of coursework than the research track.

About us

You’ll study in a lively, sociable and intellectually stimulating environment. We’re part of the School of Languages and Cultures. We have nine permanent academics, a DAAD Lektor, an Österreich-Kooperation Lektor, and numerous language assistants and research associates. Our teaching is informed by new developments in the field and by our strong interdisciplinary outlook.

Your degree is rooted in our long and distinguished history of research. Our expertise spans Germanic languages, literature and society from the Enlightenment to the present day. Our research is world-leading and internationally recognised.

Fortnightly research seminars bring together students, departmental staff and visiting academics from the UK and abroad.

First-class facilities

We’re based in modern premises at the heart of the University campus. Shared with the School of Languages and Cultures, English and History, the building is designed with student needs in mind, and features modern flexible learning, teaching and research spaces.

Our library has a wide range of materials, including major collections in modern literary, cultural and social studies, nineteenth-century German studies, contemporary German theatre and drama, Germanic linguistics, Dutch studies and Luxembourg studies.

Excellent training

Your course will train you in the techniques you need to prepare, write and present your work. You’ll also learn about research principles and ethics, interview techniques, formulating professional applications and the academic job market.

Studentships

For information about funding opportunities for postgraduate study, please visit our website.

Pathways

Choose either the Research Track or the Programme Track, depending on your future plans. Each can last one year (full-time study) or two years (part-time study).

Core modules

  • Approaches to Germanic Studies I
  • Approaches to Germanic Studies II
  • Research Methods in Modern Languages
  • Research Colloquium
  • Dissertation

Optional specialisation

Within Approaches to Germanic Studies I or II, choose from:

  • Modern German Political Culture
  • German Intellectual History
  • Nineteenth-Century German Literary Studies
  • Twentieth-Century German Literary Writing
  • Post-War German Politics
  • Germanic Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics
  • Dutch Linguistics
  • Dutch Literature Since 1945
  • Luxembourg Studies

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place through small group seminars (on average two to three students) and one-on-one supervisions. Assessment depends on the module.

  • Approaches to Germanic Studies I and II are each assessed by two 3,000-word or one 6,000-word essay(s)
  • Research colloquium is assessed by a presentation and participants are required to involve themselves in the organisation of the colloquium
  • Your final dissertation will be 12,000–15,000 words for 60 credits

Visit the MA Germanic Studies (Programme Track) page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

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