Are you keen to specialise in 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’ll work with the support of leading researchers, drawing on expertise in critical theory, research skills and key research themes. You’ll benefit from an introduction to critical theories and perspectives across the European and North American intellectual traditions, as well as developing your research specialism in German Studies.
Previously, a selection of the following optional modules have been offered:
- 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
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Researchers across the four languages 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.
Researchers across the four languages collaborate to teach the core critical theory and research skills 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. 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 1 and 2; in Term 3, 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.
Seminar teaching is in groups of between 1 and 10 students. Individual supervision is provided for the dissertation.
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
Our graduates have gone on to work in in sectors including:
- Advertising and Marketing
Potential applicants are warmly encouraged to meet with the Convenor or School Director of Graduate Studies by appointment.
Please contact the SMLC Postgraduate Secretary Caroline Parker at Caroline.Parker@warwick.ac.uk to arrange a visit.
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Full-time: 1 year
(October 2019 - October 2020)
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject
English Language Requirements
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.
Department of Study
Location of Study
University of Warwick
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Any scholarships available will be advertised here. For 2018-19 we offered three fees-only scholarships to outstanding Home/EU students. It’s likely that a similar number of such scholarships will be available again for 2019-20 but please check online for up-to-date information.
Additional Course Costs
There may be additional costs associated with studying this programme, such as the cost of printing and binding your Dissertation. You should consider these costs when deciding whether or not to accept your offer. You can find this information here.
Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.