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German Literature / Language

Your course

This programme is designed for you if you love to read and discuss inspiring literary texts and if you want to deepen your understanding of German culture—from the age of enlightenment to the present day. It gives you the opportunity to further improve your fluency in German, introduces you to relevant literary theories and methods of interpretation, and offers a range of modules exploring exemplary German texts by analysing them in their historical and cultural contexts.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. German literature is one of the richest of modern European national literatures.

2. Studying German literature will broaden your intellectual horizon and help you to develop your critical thinking.

3. The programme is an excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing a PhD in this area.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

Second Class Honours QQI Level 8 degree or equivalent, with Second Class Honours Grade 2 or equivalent in German.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities

German postgraduate students acquire expertise in German culture and develop skills useful in dealing with all sorts of creative, communicative, analytical, organisational and research tasks. They are well prepared for careers in the cultural industry, the media and arts administration, but also for more language-related career areas such as teaching, translation, publishing, international marketing and communications. Many MA graduates have continued their studies at PhD level.

Further enquiries

Professor Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa

T: +353 91 492 239


Application date

1MAG1 (full-time); 1MAG2 (part-time)

NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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