M.A. Modern and Contemporary German Studies

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP13730 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Nottingham | Nottingham, United Kingdom
This unique MA programme will introduce you to a variety of contemporary themes in German literature, culture, politics, historiography and linguistics.

Description of Modern and Contemporary German Studies


This unique MA programme will introduce you to a variety of contemporary themes in German literature, culture, politics, historiography and linguistics.

It will also provide you with a firm grounding in methodological and theoretical issues at the heart of contemporary German studies, as well as enabling you to develop your own research interests.

Key facts

  • The Department of German Studies at The University of Nottingham is one of the leading centres for research in German Studies in the UK. In 1996 and 2001 it was awarded the highest grade (5*A) by the Higher Education Funding Council for the excellence of its research. In the national Research Assessment Exercise 2008 it was ranked fifth in terms of research power in the UK, with just under 90 per cent of its research output classed as having international quality
  • We offer a variety of opportunities for postgraduate work in German, drawing both on the expertise of our staff and on the facilities afforded by the University

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 13730 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 5380 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

The MA Modern and Contemporary German Studies is a taught course offering modules covering a wide variety of themes across German literature, culture, politics, historiography and linguistics.

Topic areas for directed reading and research currently cover:

  • Linguistics
  • Literature and Culture 1750-1890
  • Literature, Culture and Politics 1890-1945
  • Contemporary Culture and Politics
  • Critical Theory
  • Gender, Film and Media Studies

Please note that all module details are subject to change.

Your studies will be supported by generic training modules in the University’s Graduate School.

This course can be taken full-time over one year (September to September) or over two to three years, part-time.

You will take four taught modules - each assessed by a 5,000 word essay - and write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a research topic which you will negotiate with your supervisor.

The taught modules comprise one core module and one directed study module per semester.

The course includes two compulsory modules: Modern and Contemporary German Studies: Theory and Practice and Research Skills in Modern Languages, and two directed study modules.

English Language Requirements


IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Modern and Contemporary German Studies

  • Entry requirements:2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
  • IELTS:7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:67 (minimum 62)

Work Experience for Modern and Contemporary German Studies

No work experience is required.

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