The MA in German aims to provide students who already have a background in German at undergraduate level with an opportunity to specialise in the areas of translation, literary analysis and applied linguistics at a postgraduate level. The programme introduces students to academic research, new ideas and approaches. It aims to equip students with academic, analytical, creative and reflective skills in order to foster interest and involvement in research in the field of German Studies. It aims to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of important concepts in German language and literature (including their didactic and methodological application), culture and society.
It is possible to study modules of particular interest without completing a Masters degree or to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9) in German after completing 60 credits of taught modules.
The course involves two elements: a set of modules on which students will be examined in January and in May/June, and a dissertation (Minor Thesis) which students are expected to complete during the summer after their 2nd semester.
Candidates normally must have obtained at least a 2nd Class Honours Grade I in their primary degree, or equivalent. In exceptional cases, candidates who do not fulfill this requirement may be accepted. Questions regarding eligibility for the MA programme should be directed to the Postgraduate Coordinator, Dr Arnd Witte, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.
Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
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German is the largest language in Europe in terms of native speakers and one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with more than 100 million native speakers and millions more speaking German as a second language. Germany has also the largest economy in Europe. With many German, Swiss and Austrian banks/companies and many other international firms located in Ireland conducting business in German-speaking Europe, career opportunities in the economic/business sector are plentiful. The MA in German also enhances opportunities in teaching, the civil service, journalism as well as the diplomatic, academic and many other professions.