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German Language & Culture in Europe

This taught Master’s programme is run jointly by the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, University of Limerick, and the Department of German Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

The programme enables students:
- To analyse and interpret German-language culture within a broader European context, including the inter-relationship between Ireland and Germany, Switzerland, Austria
- To handle a wide range of communicative situations in the foreign language and communicate in oral and written German with a high degree of accuracy and confidence
- To function as plurilingual European citizens with both the linguistic and conceptual skills to operate in a future increasingly multi-cultural environment in Ireland and abroad and function effectively as cultural mediators between Ireland and the German-speaking countries
- To fulfil leadership roles in cross-cultural contexts
- To conceptualise larger research projects (e.g. in preparation for further study towards a PhD degree) and participate in a broader intellectual community of postgraduate research and learning.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree at 2.2 Honours level or above (or international equivalent) with a substantial component of German Studies (Primary degree: Level 8 - QQI). 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.

What to Include with your Application
- Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
- English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
- A one-page supporting statement
- A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

What to include with your application
•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•Supporting Statement
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate/passport


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
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.

Further enquiries

Applicants who wish to discuss the programme may contact the joint course directors:

Dr Joachim Fischer, School of Languages Literature, Culture and Communication,
Tel. +353-61–202354

Dr Christiane Schönfeld, Dept. of German Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick,
Tel. +353-61–204582 or 204996 (admin).

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
•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

•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]
•GE6031 The German Language Today (9) [UL]

Spring Semester
•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)**
•CU6002 Textual Constructions of Cultural Identity: Regional, National, Ethnic, European [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)**

Summer Semester
GE6003 Thesis (30)


This new taught master’s 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. 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, again exploring the European dimension of contemporary German-language cinema.
The 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.

Application date

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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