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Research in German Studies (MA) (2022 Entry)

About this taught graduate course

Course overview

Are you keen to specialise in the academic study of your chosen language and culture, and do you have the motivation to develop an individual research path, leading potentially to PhD study? This course combines taught modules with language-specific research and offers an advanced preparation for doctoral research.

You will work with the support of leading researchers, drawing on expertise in critical theory, research skills and key research themes. You will benefit from an introduction to critical theories and perspectives across the European and North American intellectual traditions, as well as develop your research specialism in German Studies.


Skills from this degree

  • Advanced research and information synthesis skill
  • Advanced report-writing and written communication skills
  • Oral communication skills
  • IT skills

General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject.


English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band B
  • IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.


Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Core modules

Critical Theory in Modern Languages

Discover new theoretical approaches and methods in the Critical Theory in Modern Languages core module.

Guided Study Option

Tailor your own bespoke programme of study in consultation with one of our expert tutors.

Learn about our research expertise and recent projects on the School of Modern Languages website.

Research Skills in Modern Languages

Develop your research skills with a core module introducing you to using electronic resources, creating bibliographies, writing a literature review, writing a PhD proposal and applying for funding, selecting a Dissertation topic and giving oral presentations of your work.

Dissertation


Optional modules

Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:

  • Benjamin, Lukács, Brecht, Adorno: The Search for Revolutionary Aesthetics
  • The Self and the Others: Identity, Gender and Ethnicity in German Culture around 1800
  • Love, Eros and the Family in Post-1945 German Culture
  • Reading Contemporary German Diasporic Writing
  • German Romanticism
  • German Memories of the War - from Perpetration to Suffering
  • Trans/national Cultures
  • Multilingualism and Global Cultures

Read more about the optional modules offered on the School of Modern Languages website.

Teaching

Researchers across the four languages (French, German, Italian, and Spanish) collaborate to teach the core critical modules, and we encourage interdisciplinary teaching or supervision within and outside Modern Languages through optional taught modules, Advanced Study Options, and your dissertation.

Advanced Study Options enable you to pursue individual research pathways with the guidance of a tutor or tutors before undertaking your dissertation.


Class sizes

Seminar teaching is typically in groups of between 1 and 10 students, though groups may be larger in Research Skills, a modules shared with other MA programmes within the School.

Individual supervision is provided for the dissertation.


Typical contact hours

The course will involve 35 hours of work per week, typically comprising 2 hours of seminar teaching, 2 hours of one-to-one tutorial teaching (or 2 further hours of seminar teaching, depending on the optional modules chosen), up to 1 hour of tutoring and 30 hours of independent study over Terms One and Two.

In Term Three, which is focused on the Dissertation, you will typically have a weekly average of one hour of one-to-one supervision and 34 hours of independent study.

All our PG students can do an additional language for free at the Language Centre, subject to availability.


Assessment

  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 optional modules or supervised study programmes (Advanced 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 typically 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
  • Applying for funding

Reading lists

Most departments have reading lists available through Warwick Library. If you would like to view reading lists for the current cohort of students you can visit our Warwick Library web page.


Your timetable

Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us.

Your career

Graduates from these courses have pursued roles such as: authors, writers and translators; legal professionals and marketing associate professionals.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers in the Public Sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Completing effective CVs and Application Forms for students from the School of Modern Languages
  • Languages Alumni Evening

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

Taught course fees  Research course fees


Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.


Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

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