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German (MA by Research)

Course Description

The German Department at The University of Nottingham is one of the leading centres for research in German studies in the UK and was awarded the highest grade of 5* in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise for the excellence of its research (2001).

We are a lively and cosmopolitan community with staff and students from across the globe. Postgraduate students play an important part in the life of the Department and are fully integrated into our dynamic research environment.

Our academic staff have expertise in an exceptionally broad range of areas and offer research supervision in an exciting array of subjects. Therefore, students pursuing the MA in German by Research have the opportunity to carry out a sustained piece of research in a variety of areas including, but not limited to:

• contemporary studies
• critical theory, film and media studies
• linguistic and Medieval studies
• literature and culture, 1750-1890
• literature, culture and politics, 1890-1945

Course structure and support

The programme, which can be completed one year full-time or two years part-time, is tailored to the research interests of the student who devises a research topic in close consultation with the appropriate supervisor. The course is assessed by three 5,000-word essays and a 20,000-word dissertation.

Students also complete a core module from the Department’s taught MA programme, either Critical Theory and German Studies or Constructing Identities: History and Culture.

The University’s Graduate School runs a series of seminars for all postgraduate students to introduce them to research methods and issues. We also ensure that postgraduate research students receive appropriate skills training throughout their studies, are invited to attend lectures by visiting speakers, and take part in departmental research seminars.

The University Library is well stocked with books and journals, and contains a number of special collections of interest to researchers in German. Postgraduate students have access to study carrels equipped with computers in the Humanities Graduate Centre.

Entry requirements

Those whose first language is not English must achieve an overall score on the British Council IELTS test of at least 6.50 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or a TOEFL score of 573 (230 for computer based tests) with a TWE of at least 4.5, or a TOEFL iBT score of 100 (with no less than 19 in any element). Test results should be no more than two years old.

Qualified applicants based in the UK will normally be interviewed and may be asked to submit a sample of their written work.

Visit the German (MA by Research) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

Student Profiles

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies Studentships and Bursaries - Single Award

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures awards a number of Studentships (fees and maintenance at home/EU rates), fee-waivers and smaller bursaries for postgraduate study at Nottingham. All studentships and bursaries are competitive and are awarded on academic merit. The School MA award covers tuition fees at the university UK/EU level, or the equivalent as a bursary. International overseas students who gain one of these awards will therefore have to cover the difference between UK/EU and O/S rates.If you are applying from overseas you should consult the funding database via the International Office webpage for details of any specific schemes for which you may be eligible to apply at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/international.To find out more please contact the Postgraduate and Research Office in the first instance:
Tel: +44 (0)115 84 68316/68317/68269
Fax: +44 (0)115 84 68587
Email: [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fee-waiver at the university UK/EU rate or equivalent as bursary.


You will either have, or be expecting to achieve a good first degree (upper second or higher) in an appropriate area. Both full-time and part-time students may apply.
To be eligible to apply for an award, you must have been offered and have accepted a place to undertake a programme of study/research in the Department. AHRC/BGP applicants will automatically be considered for these awards and are not required to submit a separate application.

Application Procedure

To be eligible to apply for an award, you must have been offered and have accepted a place for postgraduate study at Nottingham. You should do this by early February. The application form can be found at: https://pgapps.nottingham.ac.uk. The School is holding a Postgraduate Advisory Day on Wednesday 17 February 2010 during which you will be given further details of the funding competition and will be able to discuss your own application. You will be required to supply your Department with a recent sample of your academic writing which will be used to assist Departments to assess the strength of your application. The deadline for receipt of formal application to be considered for SMLC funding is 5 May 2010. Fully completed applications,* with two references, should be emailed to [email protected]*Further details on the procedure for applications and application forms will be made available via the Departmental webpage in the New Year.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject; IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

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