Taught course

German Language and Culture in Europe

University of Limerick · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). 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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Information for international students

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Joachim Fischer