The MLitt in German and Comparative Literature offers a unique opportunity to gain a comparative perspective on German literature through a joint qualification from the University of St Andrews (MLitt) and the University of Bonn in Germany (MA).
The MLitt in German and Comparative Literature is a two-year taught programme run jointly by the School of Modern Languages at St Andrews and the University of Bonn. The programme will deepen your knowledge of the latest thinking in literary and comparative studies and give you the research, communication and writing skills needed to embark on a PhD or top-level graduate career.
- Students become truly bilingual and intercultural by studying at two world-renowned and historic universities.
- The programme is taught by a group of internationally renowned experts in all major areas of German and comparative studies from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.
- Students spend their first year in Germany and the second year in Scotland.
Students spend their first year at the University of Bonn in Germany where they will take two compulsory modules on comparative literature and have a choice of optional modules covering a wide range of topics from medieval texts to current trends in German literature.
Students will spend their second year at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where one semester will be devoted to studying two compulsory and one optional module, and the second semester will be spent focused on writing an 18,000-word dissertation.
These are the modules offered by the University of St Andrews during the second year of the MLitt/MA programme.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment.
- Apples and Oranges: Issues in Comparative Literature: explores the most pressing questions which arise when different texts are put in contact, using pairings of texts to reflect on different kinds of relations, such as clashes, genetic, interdisciplinary and intermedial relations.
- German Literary and Cultural Contexts: Turning Points: advanced knowledge of contexts that have shaped literature and culture in the German-speaking lands from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Students taking the 40-credit version of German Literary and Cultural Contexts: Turning Points do not take optional modules.
Students choose one optional module. Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students.
- Contemporary Literature and Culture
- Contextualising the Modern
- The Continental Renaissance
- French Literary Revolutions
- Italian Literary and Cultural Contexts
- Learned Culture: Rhetoric, Politics and Identity
- Literary and Cultural Theory 1
- Middle Eastern Literary and Cultural Contexts
- Patterns in Hispanic Literature and Film
- Reading the Modern
- Renaissance Popular Culture
- Theorising the Contemporary
- Women, Writing and Gender 1: Renaissance to Romanticism
- Women, Writing and Gender 2: Victorian to Contemporary.
In the second semester at St Andrews, students specialise in an area of choice within German or comparative literature and write an 18,000-word dissertation under the joint supervision of one professor in Bonn and one supervisor in St Andrews. This is an in-depth independent research project that serves as ideal preparation for the demands of a PhD.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry.
Modern Language postgraduates go on to careers in the academic field or in other areas, for example as cultural advisors, translators, or in the public or civil service.
Recent graduates have secured posts such as:
- university teacher,
- research assistant,
- postgraduate recruitment officer at GCHQ,
- professional translator,
- adviser to the CBI,
- television subtitler.
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in German Studies, English Studies or a related subject. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- Applicants must be fluent in both German and English. German applicants and those with native languages other than English will need to provide an English certificate (Level C2, TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent).
The qualifications listed are indicative of minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
- academic transcripts and degree certificates.
- certificates showing appropriate competence in English and German.
- letter of intent in German or English to the German coordinators.
All UK and EU students benefit from a tuition fee scholarship that covers almost 75% of the tuition fees.
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