MA (German Literature/Language)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

This programme is designed for you if you want to achieve a high degree of fluency in German and are interested in deepening your understanding of German literature, one of the richest of modern European national literatures. Students are prepared for careers in the cultural industry, the media, arts administration, teaching and translation.

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

Key facts

Entry requirements

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

Duration: 1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time

Next start date: September 2016

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 15

Closing date: You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The course programme includes modules on German language and literature, as well as a module on methods of research and interpretation.


Advanced Language Skills 1 and 2:
This year-long module allows students to further develop their language skills to level C2 of the European Framwork or Reference. Classes taught cover all relevant skills-reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will extend their command of grammar and vocabulary, and their sensitivity to stylistic variation, nuance and register.

Modern German Literature 1 and 2:
Students will discuss exemplary literary texts from various genres and literary epochs between the 18th and 21st centuries. Special attention will be given to historical and cultural contexts and to intertextual relationships. Students will apply various methods of interpretation. The selection of texts will vary from year to year.

Interpreting Literature - Theories and Methods:
Students will be introduced to relevant literary theories, such as New Historicism, Ecocriticism, Postcolonialism and deconstruction. They will learn to reflect critically on methods of interpretation and their application. 

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

  • Deirdre Byrnes, PhD
  • Tina-Karen Pusse, DPhil
  • Áine Ryan, MA
  • Prof. Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa, DPhil
  • Michael Shields, MA

Requirements and assessment

Students have to take a total of six modules (10 ECTS each), which are assessed by exam or take-home essay. Five modules are obligatory and one is optional. They also have to write a dissertation of circa 15,000 words (30 ECTS) on a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor.

Find out more

Prof Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa
T + 353 91 492 239

PAC code

GYA14 (full-time)
GYA92 (part-time)

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,015 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your full-time tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay full-time TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Graduate profile

Jeannine Jud
Jeannine Jud

German Literature/Language MA graduate

"Through studying the Masters in German Literature and Language, I have had the chance to really broaden my academic horizons. I have learned so much about literary and philosophical theories and I have developed a whole new way of looking at things. The German department have been extremely supportive and helpful the whole way through. There is a very personal and friendly atmosphere and all the lecturers are very approachable. I feel like I have grown so much academically and personally by doing this Masters and can only recommend it."