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German Language & Culture in Europe

This new taught master's programme is run jointly by the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick, and the Department of German Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

Uniquely among the MA programmes in German Studies currently on offer at Irish universities, this MA programme takes account of recent changes in Ireland's economic circumstances. The design of the course reflects Ireland's increasing integration into ,and interdependency with, a constantly changing European Union in which Germany will continue to represent a crucial political, economic and cultural force. By positioning German culture firmly within an EU and broader European context, the programme explores Ireland's relationship with Germany as a key to a better understanding of this country's relationship with Europe as well as the cultural dimension of the European integration process. The programme also features elements on Austrian culture, on Germany's interaction with Eastern European cultures as well as the outside perspective of the European Union present in German-language Swiss writing. Beside the European focus, the traditional orientation of post-graduate degrees in German Studies towards literature is expanded by the inclusion of visual and other media texts, in particular film, once again exploring the European dimension of contemporary German-language cinema. Alongside comparative cultural knowledge the programme intends to provide graduates with high-level language competence related to the areas of potential future employment in companies in Ireland requiring near-native language competence in German, in Irish foreign trade organisations as well as in EU institutions.

Programme of study

The programme is offered on a full-time basis using a combination of faculty-student contact hours and self-directed learning and research. In Semester 1, students will be fully based at UL, in semester 2 at MIC.

The compulsory core modules are normally taught by lecture, tutorial discussion, film screenings, assigned and recommended reading and viewing, and by research-based critical writing. Students will learn by listening to and engaging with lectures, reading primary and secondary sources (both assigned and recommended), watching films critically, engaging in discussion in tutorials, giving presentations and writing analytical/critical papers.

The core German Studies modules are delivered and assessed in the target language in order to foster active language competence. The final thesis (15,000 words) can be written in either German or English, following consultation with the relevant supervisor and joint Course Directors.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree at 2.2 Honours level or above with a substantial component of German Studies. An oral and written assessment of applicants' language skills is part of the admission procedure.

Candidates who do not meet these criteria may apply for admission. Recognised prior learning may be taken into account, subject to the approval of the joint Course Directors


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression


The programme prepares students for the evolving employment prospects in the EU, in particular at the political, economic and cultural interfaces between Ireland and the strongest and largest economy in the Union. It equips student with the skills necessary for obtaining employment in institutions and companies in Ireland requiring excellent language competence in German, in Irish foreign trade organisations, in EU institutions, or for employment in German-speaking countries. The programme is also attractive to existing and future teachers of German in secondary schools, where a progressive Europeanisation of the curriculum is set to be one of the features of educational reform. As cultural tourism is expected to grow, the course through its specific mix of modules prepares graduates for work in the tourism sector, especially in organisations and companies dealing with German tourists, one of the largest contingents of continental tourists in Ireland, eg. by a specially designed module in Irish-German cultural relations.

Further enquiries

For further information about the course, please contact:

Dr Joachim Fischer, School of Languages Literature, Culture and Commnication. or Phone (061) 202354

Dr Christiane Schönfeld, Dept. of German Studies. or Phone (061) 204582

Subjects taught

Programme Outline

Semester 1
GE6001 German-language Culture in Europe I: Transcultural Theory and Textual Practice* (9 ECTS points) [delivered at UL]

GE6011 Advanced Language Skills I: Advanced Language skills II:Analysing Media Texts* (9) [UL]

Research Methodology Elective RM6021 Research Methodologies in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (3) [UL] or

RM6011 Research Methodologies in Applied Language Studies (3) [UL]

GE6021 German-Irish Cultural Connections * (9) [UL] Or:
GE6031 The German Language Today (9) [UL]

Semester 2

GE6002 German-language Culture in Europe II: German Literature in a Comparative European Context* (9) [MIC]

GE6012 Advanced Language Skills II: Analysing Films and Other Visual Texts* (9) [MIC]

AW6002 Thesis Writing (3) [UL]

GE6022 German Language-in-Education Policy and Practice (9) [UL]
CU6012 Utopian Theory and Texts [UL] (9)**
PA6012 European Public Administration: Actors, Institutions, and Policy Process [UL] (9)**
European Modernism [MIC] (9)**
Questions of European Identity from the 19th to the 21st Century [MIC] (9)**
CU6021 Culture and the Market [UL] (9)**

GE6003 Thesis (30)

Please note that all electives may not be available in every year and that the running of the course is subject to resources.

Application date

Applications are currently being accepted for the following programme.

Please note in cases where the quota of places is not filled by the application deadline, the College reserves the right to extend the deadline for the acceptance of applications. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information.

Application closing date is 31st May 2018.

How to Apply

1.Download and complete the application form - click here The application form must also include your university transcripts and contact details for two referees.
In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS is also required, or equivalent.

2.Return the application form plus application fee* by email to: or by post to: Admissions Office, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland
Telephone: +353 61 204348/204929

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