MA in German Studies

MA in German Studies

Please note that this programme will not run in the academic year 2014/15.


The MA Programme sets out to provide a solid academic foundation for careers in different professional fields, including education, journalism, film, theatre, media, intercultural research and studies in contemporary Ireland, and the public sector.

It will equip students with the necessary skills in order to plan, carry out and complete a research project in an area of specialisation related to one of two different MA pathways. After they have been introduced to the fundamental principles, basic methods and procedures of research in different sub-disciplines of German Studies, students can choose one of the two following pathways:

Pathway 1 (Literature – Art – Media – Theatre – Film) – CKE40

offers postgraduate students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge with regard to the history and aesthetics of modern German (and European) literature and its interrelationship with other art forms, such as film, theatre, visual/performance art and also in relation to modern media developments.

This pathway will predominantly but not only focus on German literary and artistic culture. The main focus will be on the interface between the literary, performative and visual art forms, both from a traditional perspective and with regard to modern media culture. The fundamentally European dimension of German cultural practice will also be an essential concern.
With Pathway 1 the programme responds to the most dynamic developments in modern cultural and artistic life.

Pathway 2 (Language, Drama and Intercultural Pedagogy) – CKE73

focuses on the area of German as a Foreign Language and its interrelationship with Cultural/Intercultural Studies and Drama and Theatre Pedagogy. The emphasis will be on forms of reflective practice which can be applied to professional fields related to foreign/second language education.

With its emphasis on aspects of teaching and learning in Pathway B the programme offers an “applied route” for postgraduate students who aspire to become interculturally competent mediators and/or reflective practitioners in professional fields which are related to foreign/second language education.

NOTE: Students will be asked to indicate their chosen pathway at application stage.

Application Procedure:

Applications for this MA degree in German Studies Pathway 1 (CKE40) or Pathway 2 (CKE73) must be made online at

Further details on the application procedure can be found by following this link:

MA in German Studies Application Procedures

The EU tuition fee level for the MA degree (1 year full-time), 2010/2011was €4,855.00 (EU Students) payable in two instalments. The first instalment is payable prior to registration in September and the second in the following January. Fees normally increase by approximately 10% each year.

Programme Requirements

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part I
GE6008 Research Methods II (5 credits)
GE6010 Introduction to German Studies (20 credits)
LL6000 Research Methods ( 5 credits)
20 credits chosen from either Pathway I or Pathway II:


Pathway I ( Literature - Art - Media - Theatre - Film)
GE6003 Literature and the Visual Arts (10 credits)
GE6004 From Text to Living Image: Theatre as a specific Form of Aesthetic Communication (10 credits)
GE6006 Film and Cultural Memory (10 credits)

GE6020 Questions of Adaptation and Adoption: Re-Writings/Re-Viewings/Re-Readings

GE6021 Sex and the City:  Women, Modernism and the Metropolis


Pathway II (Language, Drama and Intercultural Pedagogy) GE6009 Intercultural Communication: Theory and Practice (10 credits)
GE6011 The Teaching and Learning of Language, Literature and Culture (10 credits)
GE6012 Drama and Theatre Pedagogy (10 credits)

Part II
GE6007 Research Dissertation (40 credits)

Note: Depending on the area of the candidate's research dissertation, elective modules to the value of 20 credits may also be combined from either Pathway I and Pathway II subject to the approval of the MA Board of Studies. Not all optional modules may be available in a given year.

Module descriptions are contained in the Book of Modules: Book of Modules


In order to be admitted to the MA programme in German Studies a candidate must have a Second Class Honours, Grade II BA Degree/BCL (Law and German)/BComm European (German), or equivalent, along with sufficient German language competence (reading ability of literary texts). Applicants without a degree in German may be required to pass a language test.

Further Information

Ms Deborah Fitzgibbon / Ms. Veronica Forde
Department of GermanUniversity College Cork
Tel +353 21 4902078
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