German - Research
Maynooth University is one of the main centres of research in German Studies in Ireland. The research profiles of staff members are very varied, covering all periods of German literature and including many aspects of German culture and history. The German Department offers research opportunities relating to all German-speaking countries and, uniquely, relating to theoretical and applied linguistics as well as the theory and practice of Teaching German as a Foreign Language. Other particular areas of research include travel writing, intercultural encounters, aesthetics, minorities, German-Jewish studies and postcolonial studies. Research topics from other areas need to be discussed with the prospective supervisor prior to application.
The student, in consultation with his/her supervisor, will devise a research plan. It is advised that students also avail of the opportunity to take generic skills modules (GSA1, GSA2 and GSA3) and/or subject specific modules (any of the ID84X modules, e.g. ID841, ID842 or ID843).
Students who do not hold an MA or equivalent qualification (only admitted in exceptional cases) may be required to take modules from the MA programme. Students may, in consultation with their supervisor and the Head of German, take additional modules.
Candidates normally must have a Masters degree with at least a 2.1 in German, or equivalent. In exceptional cases, candidates who do not fulfil this requirement may be accepted. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements:
• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62
Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850
Research applications are generally accepted at any time.
2 years Full-time, 3 years Part-time
Post Course Info
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, thus making German a language widely offered in universities around the world. The MLitt in German enhances opportunities in teaching, the civil service, journalism as well as the diplomatic, academic and many other professions.