German Studies at Swansea is concentrated in the Research Centre for Contemporary German Culture (CCGC), with clusters in the following areas:
The Eastern Turn in German Literature and German-Turkish writing
Film and literature about the Red Army Faction / Baader-Meinhof Group
The works of the Nobel Laureates, Elias Canetti, Günter Grass and Herta Müller
We also have expertise in feminist theory and women’s writing as well as Austrian Studies (Kafka, Schnitzler, Bachmann). Staff are also involved in the Centre for Research into Gender in Culture and Society (GENCAS). For further information on research specialisms and supervisory interests of our staff visit: http://www/swansea.ac.uk/artsandhumanities/about-us/
An MA by Research in German gives you the chance to pursue a project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia (typically in the private sector, the Civil Service, or education).
It will give you the freedom to explore a topic of your own choosing and develop a methodology under the close supervision of two experienced academics but without attending regular classes as required in taught programmes.
You will be supervised closely by two experienced academics in your field. Typically, you will meet them fortnightly in the first term and at regular intervals thereafter. Meetings are logged and goals agreed each time.
All German research students are required to attend skills and training courses at College and Institutional level. They give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June and the College of Arts and Humanities conference in October. Advanced research students may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars. You have a budget (currently £200 per year) to attend conferences outside Swansea.
MA by Research in German degrees typically last from one year (full-time study) to two years (part-time study).
The MA by Research in German is ideal for those who want:
an MA qualification in niche areas where taught programmes are not offered;
the experience of a research degree without committing to a PhD, while retaining the option to upgrade to MPhil or PhD.
Research proposals are invited on any topic for which staff can provide supervision. It is advisable to email a member of academic staff in the appropriate area before applying