German Literature

The course equips students who have little experience of literary texts with the necessary academic, analytical, creative, aesthetic, reflective and presentation skills to enable them to engage with literature in a productive way.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have obtained an honours degree (extending over at least three years) in which German was a major subject amounting to 30% of the credit value of the course as a whole. Applicants who do not possess this type of qualification may also be admitted under certain circumstances, provided that they have a German language competence of at least level B2 (European Framework of Reference for Languages).


MHO54 1 year

Careers or further progression

The Higher Certificate in German Literature enables graduates working as Post-Primary language teachers to engage with a substantial body of literature through the German language.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Dr Valerie Heffernan
Tel: +353 (0)1 7083708
Fax: +353 (0)1 7083400

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Incorporating distance learning and intensive workshops, the Higher Certificate in German Literature comprises a set of four 5-credit modules on which students will be examined by continuous assessment.


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.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!