The MA (Res) German Studies is designed as a preparation for students intending to go on to PhD research in the field of German Studies. The course offers great flexibility of choice with a range of options covering not only literature, but also history, cinema and women’s and cultural studies. You will also be able to enjoy hands-on sessions exploring the unique resources held at the Centre for East German Studies.
The MRes Modern Languages is mainly intended as a preparation for research. It offers great flexibility of choice and a series of pathways of study and specialisation in the following research fields: French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Film Studies, and Comparative Literature.
See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/german-studies-pg/mres-modern-languages.aspx
• Mobility and the metropolis: Berlin in German literature
• Translation studies, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
• Translating non-fictional German literature in Britain, 1800–1850
• Contemporary women’s writing
• Literature of the GDR
• German war film
• Text and critical discourse analysis
• Political discourse analysis
• Gender discourse analysis
- Comparative Literature Pathway
Students may take a topic from two different language-specific pathways provided that they have the necessary language proficiency in the select target languages.
Erasmus-funded periods abroad can also be arranged (conditions apply) as part of the course.
• Introduction to research skills and methodology
• Placement option
What career can you have?
Those who take the MRes in Modern Languages will receive an excellent preparation in research in the relevant modern languages field. You will be ready to undertake research at doctoral level. You will also have excellent skills that will allow you to pursue career pathways in teaching, translation, advertising, publishing, and media industries.
Modern Languages at the University of Reading
equips you with research and subject-specific knowledge and skills in all the taught language areas.
Our research is characterised by a multidisciplinary approach to the study of history, culture and language and the University staff are internationally renowned for their research.
The postgraduate community is an integral part of the life of the Department and we support research and teaching activities that enhance postgraduate employability and access into academia.
Usually a good 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant field. This should be combined with a good understanding of the target language.