Politically, economically and culturally, Germany is one of the most influential countries in Europe. Examining German literature alongside wider trends in European culture, the MA in Modern German and Comparative Literature introduces you to a wide range of theoretical perspectives, enriching your appreciation of the cultures, texts and critical practices examined in the programme’s various modules. In the spirit of interdisciplinary dialogue, you benefit from expert teaching from members of both the Department of Modern Languages and the Department of Comparative Literature.
The MA in Modern German and Comparative Literature involves the postgraduate study of German literature within a broader comparative context. Uniquely, it offers the opportunity to spend a fully funded month at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach.
Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/30/modern-german-and-comparative-literature
- Description -
This MA is aimed at students who want to deepen their knowledge of modern German literature within a broader European context. Kent is one of the few universities in the UK to have a thriving Comparative Literature department; within an expanding school of European culture. Students will hone their literary and analytical skills not only on German texts, but also on a broader range of modern literature.
- Purpose -
The MA is suitable for those who wish to take their undergraduate studies a stage further, and for those who wish to go on to do a PhD. This programme is also ideal for modern languages graduates who wish to consolidate their knowledge in a wider context; English graduates wishing to diversify their interests; and graduates in other humanities subjects (history, philosophy, theology) who would like to apply their knowledge to literary material.
- Format and assessment -
In the Autumn and Spring terms, you take a choice of four modules, before undertaking a 12,000 word dissertation over the summer, supervised by an expert within the department. While writing the dissertation, you will have the opportunity to spend a month at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach (DLA), as part of an innovative internship scheme generously subsidised by the DLA, learning about the work of the world’s leading research archive for modern German literature.
Assessment is by one 5,000-word essay for each module and the dissertation.
A postgraduate degree in German shows you have advanced knowledge of the culture of Europe’s economically most significant country and opens employment possibilities in areas such as media, publishing and European administration. Previous graduates have gone on to work in these areas as well as using the qualification as a basis for entering higher-level positions in the public sector. A large number of MA graduates go on to doctoral studies, either at Kent or at other leading institutions in the UK or German-speaking world.
How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/
- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, modern languages and linguistics was ranked 3rd for research quality, 3rd for research output and in the top 20 for research intensity, research impact and research power in the UK.
Postgraduate scholarships and funding
We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/
English language learning
If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html