German Studies, M.A.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • 770
    Tuition (Semester)
    770
    Tuition (Semester)
  • German
    Language
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

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.

Programme Structure

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

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).

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Credits (ECTS)
    120 ECTS
  • Duration full-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Academic Requirements

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the master’s degree program in German Studies (major):

a)Bachelor's degree in the branch of studies German Language and Literature from a Swiss universityb)Bachelor's degree with a minor (60 ECTS credits) in German Language and Literature (German Studies), with additional attainments to be defined individually *c)Bachelor's degree with a minor (30 ECTS credits) in German Language and Literature (German Studies), with additional attainments to be defined individually *d)Bachelor's degree in German Language and Literature (German Studies) from a recognized foreign university, with additional attainments to be defined individually *e)Bachelor's degree in another branch of studies, with an explicit request for admission and with additional attainments to be defined individually and which must be met in order for the student to be admitted to the program**Additional attainments of up to 60 ECTS credits may be required. These can either be admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program or admission requirements which must be fulfilled before admission to the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Please consult the admission requirements for the minor as presented in the plan of studies.

The bachelor's degree may not be more than ten years old. Exceptions are possible where justified.

Language requirements

It is strongly recommended that you obtain a qualification in a classical language (Latin and/or Greek).

Application and admission

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

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

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 770 International
  • EUR 770 EEA
Tuition fee, semester fee and Student Union membership: CHF 805.-/per semester
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