Masters degrees in German Literature & Language involve study of the development and use of the German language, as well as its representation within German literature.
Related subjects include Comparative Literature and Modern European Literature. Entry requirements usually include a relevant undergraduate degree such as Languages and Literature or Cultural Studies.
Courses in this field offer a wide variety of specialisms and research topics for postgraduates to train in, from analyses of classical literature and the German literary cannon, through to contemporary literature and translation studies.
For example, you might wish to explore the origins and morphology of the German language, and its sociohistorical usages. Alternatively, you could investigate the means through which everyday life in Germany has been portrayed in literature or related media (such as film and television).
You might even analyse literature as a socioeconomic development, and assess its role in educational and learning environments for societies of different cultural and economic backgrounds.
Careers may include traditional roles in academia and publishing, roles in the media such as journalism, or related positions such as marketing and public relations.
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:
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.
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.