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MA for Research in German Studies

This taught MA course is specifically designed for postgraduates with a strong desire to continue their studies through PhD research.

Structure and assessment

The syllabus for the MA for Research in German Studies comprises:

  1. A taught core module on cultural and critical theory, typically taken in the first term, and assessed by a 5,000 word essay.
  2. Two supervised study programmes (Guided Study Options), topic dependent on the interests of the candidate, each assessed by a 5,000 word essay.
  3. A 20,000 word dissertation.
  4. A skills programme (assessed by two short bibliographical exercises), which includes:
    • Library induction / electronic resources in German Studies and general research skills.
    • Giving oral presentations and using PowerPoint; writing a literature review; choosing a topic and writing a dissertation.
    • Writing a PhD proposal; and applying for funding.

Note that this course is different from the MA by Research in German Studies in that the latter does not include taught elements.


Please direct informal enquiries a.s.a.p. to Dr. Linda Shortt, Director of Graduate Studies:

Email PGGerman at warwick dot ac dot uk or telephone the department office: + 44 (0)24 765 524419.

Applicants will need strong references and at least a good upper second-class degree (at least 3.5 GPA in North American terms). They should be able to demonstrate an intention to continue on to PhD study. For your application for a bursary, you will need:

  • A full transcript
  • A prediction of your BA results from your department or one of your referees if you have not graduated yet, and
  • Two references (to be sent directly to the department, addresses see below)

All documents should be emailed to PGGerman at warwick dot ac dot uk or sent by mail to:

Caroline Parker

PG Secretary

Room H0.57
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL