Masters degrees in German Society & Culture examine the socioeconomic and cultural institutions, practices and customs which originate from, or are related to, Germany.
Related postgraduate specialisms include German Studies, and European Culture and Thought. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject, such as Cultural Studies or Languages and Literature.
Known as ‘the country of poets and thinkers’, Germany offers a rich cultural history and diverse popular and intellectual cultural practices, of both religious and secular nature.
Courses in this field encourage postgraduates to critically analyse a range of issues within modern-day society in Germany, including social and political thought, cultural customs and traditions, and economic practices.
Postgraduates may specialise in a range of areas, and research opportunities are broad. For example, you might analyse how Germany plays and important roles as an industrial, economic and cultural centre not just for Europe but for the globe.
Careers in this field may include roles in the public sector, such as journalism, marketing and retail. Other careers may include roles in academia and publishing, as well as heritage management.
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.