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German Literature/Language (MA)
This programme is designed for you if you want to achieve a high degree of fluency in German and are interested in deepening your understanding of German literature, one of the richest of modern European national literatures. Students are prepared for careers in the cultural industry, the media, arts administration, teaching and translation.
The programme is an excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing a PhD in this area.
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
- Deirdre Byrnes, PhD
- Tina-Karen Pusse, DPhil
- Áine Ryan, MA
- Prof. Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa, DPhil
- Michael Shields, MA
Requirements and Assessment
1 year, full-time | 2 years, part-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates
Mode of study
1MAG1 (full-time) | 1MAG2 (part-time)
The course programme includes modules on German language and literature, as well as a module on methods of research and interpretation.
Advanced Language Skills 1 and 2:
This year-long module allows students to further develop their language skills to level C2 of the European Framwork or Reference. Classes taught cover all relevant skills-reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will extend their command of grammar and vocabulary, and their sensitivity to stylistic variation, nuance and register.
Modern German Literature 1 and 2:
Students will discuss exemplary literary texts from various genres and literary epochs between the 18th and 21st centuries. Special attention will be given to historical and cultural contexts and to intertextual relationships. Students will apply various methods of interpretation. The selection of texts will vary from year to year.
Interpreting Literature—Theories and Methods:
Students will be introduced to relevant literary theories, such as New Historicism, Ecocriticism, Postcolonialism and deconstruction. They will learn to reflect critically on methods of interpretation and their application.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your full-time tuition. You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee. An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay full-time TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.
Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.