The MA in German provides students who already have a background in German with an opportunity to specialise in the areas of translation, literary analysis and applied linguistics. It provides the academic, analytical, and creative skills to foster interest in research in German studies.

Entry requirements

Normally, a BA Honours degree with a 2.1 in German or an equivalent qualification is required. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHO50: 1 year Full-time
MHO51: 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

With many German, Swiss and Austrian international firms located in Ireland conducting business in German-speaking Europe, career opportunities in the private and public sector are plentiful.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director Dr Arnd Witte
Tel: (0)1 708 3717

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include translation studies, methodologies of teaching and learning, contemporary European women's writing, German literature and research skills.


Maynooth University is one of the main centres of research in the study of modern languages, literatures and cultures in Ireland, offering MA programmes and MLitt and structured PhD studies in each of the constituent disciplines. In addition to French, Spanish, German and Chinese; Dutch, Portuguese, Catalan and Breton are taught in the School. The SMLLC offers personal supervision and teaching by renowned experts in a wide variety of fields, innovative areas of research and a lively intellectual environment.

The Department of German has a very vibrant research culture and offers postgraduate students the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the main concepts of German language, literature and culture, based on the fundamental intellectual skills of analysis, reflection, conceptual and critical thinking.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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