The MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations is the first of its kind in the UK and is an integral part of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations. It is the only MA focusing exclusively upon the history, theory and practice of Anglo-German cultural relations from c1800 to today. The programme deals mainly with the literary, theoretical and cultural dimensions of these relations, and also contains a unique practical component, in which you will be taught by practitioners from British and German cultural institutions, as well as by experts from the fields of publishing, translating and the media. The programme provides an excellent pathway either for future academic study or for a career outside of academia.
This programme will:
Introduce you to the study of cultural transfers and exchanges between Britain and Germany and build on and deepen the skills and knowledge gained by analysing and assessing the various aspects of cultural transfers
Encourage you to reflect on the development and significance of Anglo-German cultural relations, analysing history and current practice
Focus on the theory and practice of cultural transfers and bring you into contact with representatives of cultural institutions working in this field, through work experience placements.
Why study your MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations at Queen Mary?
The discipline of German Studies has a long and outstanding tradition at Queen Mary, University of London. With over 100 years of teaching German language and culture behind us, we are proud to be a vibrant department offering a wide range of courses on the literature, linguistics and culture of the major German-speaking countries. Apart from our main focus on Germany, we have research and teaching expertise in Austrian and Swiss literature and culture.
We are part of one of the leading language departments in the UK and aim for excellence in both teaching and research. Queen Mary was ranked in the top twenty in the UK for German in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008). This means that you will learn from people who are at the forefront of their field.
Our belief in the value of intercultural and interdisciplinary exchanges, led to the foundation of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations (CAGCR). Since its inauguration in December 2005, the Centre has developed into a very active platform for scholars and students, forming a link between Queen Mary and cultural institutions such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Goethe Institute and the cultural departments of the German, Swiss and Austrian Embassies. It is also of genuine symbolic significance that this Centre is located in the east of London; it is here that London’s cultural diversity has always been at its most inspiring, and the presence of German and Jewish communities was, until the First World War, the most prominent influence in this area.
The Centre has links with many cultural institutions, such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Goethe Institute and the cultural departments of the German, Swiss and Austrian Embassies
The Centre also has links with Strategy Consultants, Roland Berger who are also sponsors of the Centre’s Annual Lecture
You will meet practitioners in the field, including diplomats, translators, publishers, broadcasters, and thus have the opportunity to build up contacts for the future.
You will have access to postgraduate only facilities which include the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre dedicated solely to the use of graduates. The Learning Resource Centre has 200 networked PCs and is open to students round the clock with dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.
You will also have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource. You will have access to the Fontane Library which is funded by the German government for Anglo-German cultural relations. You will also have access to the Germanic Studies Library at Senate House University of London.
As a postgraduate student in the Department of German, you will benefit from a wide range of services, from help with accommodation to excellent IT support and foreign language teaching as well as an individually designed research-training programme and dedicated careers service.
The MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part-time study.
The programme consists of a core module, plus a choice of two of the four optional modules. You will also complete a dissertation.
Theory and practice of Anglo-German cultural transfers
You will also produce a dissertation and choose two optional modules.
Optional modules may include:
Anglo-German aesthetics in the ‘long’ eighteenth-century
Anglo-German travel writing
In pursuit of prejudice? Mutual perceptions of identity
You may be permitted to take one option offered as part of another MA programme in the School or within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, provided that the MA convenor agrees that this would be beneficial for your intellectual development and research plans. In the case of options outside the School, admission to such modules requires the further agreement of the module convenor.
For entry to the MA you will need a BA in German, or with German as a principal component, (first class or upper second class honours degree,) or Staatsexamen, or equivalent qualification. Applications by graduates from other countries are welcome. Where English is not your first language, you will need to be highly proficient in English, for academic purposes, as well as in German.
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