M.A. German Studies

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR770 per Semester (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
    EUR770 per Semester (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
  • German ( Find a course )
University of Bern | Berne, Switzerland
The Master program encompasses the two subject areas for German language and German literature.

Description

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The literature component addresses the entire range of German literature, the associated cultural environments, and the relationship between German literature and literature in neighboring countries from the beginnings of German literature to the present day. The influence of Latin on German literature is also taken into consideration here. The advanced and supplementary courses focus on the transfer of literary traditions and the reception of German literature down through the ages, German literary subjects and genres, and the evolution of genres and writing styles, whereby special attention is paid to the continuity in early, modern and contemporary German literature. During the Master program, students may specialize in early German literature, early modern German literature or contemporary German literature.

The linguistic component expands the student's knowledge of the systematics, varieties and use of the German language, as well as its analysis. A variety of exemplary and specially selected topics are addressed in the individual advanced courses in order to make students more familiar with both theoretical and practical problems in this field. Students will learn how to critically reflect on the current state of research and independently conduct small research projects.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline April 30, August 31, December 15, January 31
Tuition fee
  • EUR 770 per semester (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
  • EUR 770 per semester (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
Tuition fee, semester fee and Student Union membership: CHF 805.-/per semester
Start date , February 2017
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

The Institute of Germanic Languages and Literatures offers the following programs of study within the framework of the German Linguistics and Literature program in the Faculty of Humanities:

  • Master program in German Studies (major, 90 credits)
  • Master program in German Studies (minor, 30 credits)

CONTENT AND PROGRAM GOALS (Master major 90 credits, minor 30 credits):

The Master program encompasses the two subject areas for German language and German literature.

The literature component addresses the entire range of German literature, the associated cultural environments, and the relationship between German literature and literature in neighboring countries from the beginnings of German literature to the present day. The influence of Latin on German literature is also taken into consideration here. The following subject areas are addressed in depth using examples from Medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary literature: philology and editorial studies, rhetoric, poetics, history and theory of aesthetics and hermeneutics, the systematics of literature analysis, analysis of historical contexts (social history, science history) and comparative aspects in relation to other literary cultures. The advanced and supplementary courses focus on the transfer of literary traditions and the reception of German literature down through the ages, German literary subjects and genres, and the evolution of genres and writing styles, whereby special attention is paid to the continuity in early, modern and contemporary German literature. Students are made aware of problems associated with the research history and desiderata of their selected subject focus and are provided with the skills they need to select and apply from among competing research approaches the proper method of analysis for their subject focus. During the Master program, students may specialize in early German literature, early modern German literature or contemporary German literature.

The linguistic component expands the student's knowledge of the systematics, varieties and use of the German language, as well as its analysis. A variety of exemplary and specially selected topics are addressed in the individual advanced courses in order to make students more familiar with both theoretical and practical problems in this field. Students will learn how to critically reflect on the current state of research and independently conduct small research projects.

The program focuses on five main areas:

  • The linguistic system (grammar, comparative linguistics, typology)
  • Cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics (language acquisition, language and mental processes)
  • Sociolinguistics (varieties, group and professional language, language norms)
  • Pragmatics and communication research (interpersonal, public and intercultural communication)
  • Text and discourse Analysis

Combination possibilities

The Master program in German Studies consists of a major with 90 ECTS credits and a minor with 30 ECTS credits.

The major in German Studies can be combined with any minor subject taught in a sufficient scope at the University of Bern, with the exception of a minor from another program in German Language and Literature (German Studies).

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the German language. Find German courses on Language Learning Portal.

Requirements

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the Master program in German Studies (major):

a) Bachelor's degree in German Language and Literature (German Studies) from a Swiss university

b) Bachelor's degree with a minor (60 ECTS credits) in German Language and Literature (German Studies), with additional requirements to be defined individually and which must be met in order to complete the Master program*

c) Bachelor's degree with a minor (30 ECTS credits) in German Language and Literature (German Studies), with additional requirements to be defined individually and which must be met in order for the student to be admitted to the program / allowed to complete the degree*

d) Bachelor's degree in German Language and Literature (German Studies) from a recognized foreign university, with additional requirements to be defined individually and which must be met in order for the student to be admitted to the program / allowed to complete the degree*

e) Bachelor's degree (major or minor ) in another program of study, with an explicit request for admission and with additional requirements to be defined individually and which must be met in order for the student to be admitted to the program*

*Additional coursework of up to 60 ECTS credits may be required. All requirements must be met before a student can be admitted to the Master program. All additional requirements must be met in order to complete the Master program.

The Bachelor's degree may not be more than ten years old. Exceptions with justifiable reasons are possible.

Please consult the academic requirements for the minor as presented in the study plan.

Language requirements

It is strongly recommended that students attain a qualification in a classic language (Latin and/or Greek).

Application and admission

Applicants with Swiss qualifications and applicants with international qualifications are subject to different admission requirements.

http://www.unibe.ch/studies/degree_programs/masters/application/index_eng.html

For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office (ZIB).

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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