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German Studies: Language, Culture and History - MA/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

The German Studies MA offers a wide range of courses covering many aspects of German language, culture and history. This highly flexible programme allows students from a diversity of backgrounds to pursue topics in more depth, to acquire new areas of interdisciplinary expertise and to enhance their German language skills.

Degree information

This MA enables further exploration of aspects of German literature, culture, history, politics, and social and political thought, within an explicitly thematic and theoretical framework. Students can specialise in particular areas of interest through the optional courses. Text-based language teaching is available for students wishing to develop their linguistic skills.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers two pathways: taught and research.

Taught: one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). Research: one core module (30 credits), two taught modules (60 credits), and a research dissertation (90 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma, one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits), full-time nine months or part-time two years, is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate, one core module (30 credits), one optional module (30 credits), full-time three months, part-time six months, is offered.

Core module
-Language, Culture and History. This core module permits research into two areas of major contemporary interest; for example, topics explored during the current year include the following: Trauma; Memory; Visual Culture; Queer(y)ing Sexuality

Optional modules - students take a choice of optional modules on topics such as the following:
-Wolfram's Parzival
-Reading Modern Novels
-Theoretical Issues in History and Literature
-Staging the Past: German Historical Drama since 1770
-Writing and Rewriting Marchen and other Fantastic Tales
-Discussion and Essay in German: Intensive Essay Writing
-Translation from and into German: Advanced Translation
-Geman Literature and Psychology

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 60-credit dissertation of 12,000 words, or a 90-credit dissertation of 18,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Formal teaching occurs in the first two terms and the third term is devoted to revision sessions, examinations and detailed supervision of the dissertation project. Student performance is assessed through coursework essays, a dissertation, and unseen written examinations.


The MA provides an excellent foundation year for subsequent doctoral research in all areas of the department's research specialisms. Many students progress from one of our MA programmes to an MPhil or PhD research degree.

First destinations of recent graduates include:
-GTZ: intern
-University of Cambridge: PGCE secondary English
-Kent County Council: teacher
-BPP: Graduate Diploma in Law
-Rosecliffe Associates: principal consultant

With their specialist knowledge and language skills, German Master's graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, teaching and academia.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL German is recognised in the UK and overseas as a premier department for the study of German culture, history and language. In the RAE 2008, UCL German was tied for first place in percentage of research judged to be 'world leading' and received the second highest rating overall.

UCL's central location offers students easy access to excellent resources, including the British Library, the Institute for Germanic Studies, the German Historical Institute and the Institute of Historical Research. The cultural offerings of the Goethe Institut, the Austrian Institute, and a wealth of exhibitions, films and theatrical performances are all nearby.

Visit the German Studies: Language, Culture and History - MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Jean Orr Scholarship - Single Award

£7,000 per annum, for one academic year only. This will be applied to the cost of tuition fees for the year, and any additional amount (if relevant) will be paid to the recipient as maintenance.

Value of Scholarship(s)



One scholarship for a postgraduate Master's student studying in one or more of the following Departments – History, French, Italian and Dutch – awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Application Procedure

Candidates will be selected by academic departments on the basis of the admission application form.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A knowledge of German at least equivalent to UK A level standard is required.

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