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
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 Universitys 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


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  • 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

No work experience is required.

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