Are you keen to specialise in academic study of your chosen language and culture, and do you have the curiosity and motivation to develop an individual research path, leading potentially to PhD study? This innovative course, combining cross-School taught modules with language specific research, offers an advanced preparation for doctoral research.
You’ll work with the support of leading researchers of international reputation, drawing on our expertise in critical theory, research skills, and key research themes from across the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. You’ll benefit from a broad introduction to critical theories and perspectives across the European and North American intellectual traditions, as well as the opportunity to develop your research specialism in French, German, Hispanic or Italian Studies, or in comparative analysis of these cultures. We also provide research skills training, helping you to build subject-specific and transferrable skills.
Our researchers collaborate to teach the core critical modules, and we encourage interdisciplinary teaching or supervision within and outside Modern Languages through optional taught modules, Advanced Study Options, and your dissertation. Advanced Study Options enable you to pursue individual research pathways with the guidance of a tutor or tutors before undertaking your dissertation.
The skills you’ll acquire in research, critical analysis and advanced argumentation, written and oral presentation, project design, and time management will prepare you thoroughly for doctoral research and an academic research career. Equally, you’ll be well placed to pursue professional routes into sectors such as publishing, media, and non-academic research.
Structure and assessment
The syllabus for the MA for Research in German Studies comprises:
-A taught core module on cultural and critical theory, typically taken in the first term, and assessed by a 5,000 word essay.
-Two supervised study programmes (Guided Study Options), topic dependent on the interests of the candidate, each assessed by a 5,000 word essay.
-A 20,000 word dissertation.
-A skills programme (assessed by two short bibliographical exercises), which includes a library induction/electronic resources in German Studies and general research skills, giving oral presentations and using PowerPoint, writing a literature review, choosing a topic and writing a dissertation, writing a PhD proposal, and applying for funding.
Note that this course is different from the German Studies BY Research MA, in that the latter does not include taught elements.