Taught course

Irish and German Studies

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

Entry requirements

A primary degree (with first or second class honours) in an appropriate discipline e.g. Languages, Literature, Cultural Studies, European Studies, History, Politics. Applicants with an approved equivalent qualification will be considered. Good proficiency in English and German is essential. Note your degree must be an Honours (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) degree or equivalent. An oral and written assessment of applicants’ language skills (both English and German) may be part of the admission procedure.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Irish-German Studies is a unique programme harnessing particular strengths in UL thanks to the Centre for Irish-German Studies while combining it with attractive and complementary existing MA programmes in Ireland (Galway), Germany (Berlin, Lüneburg and Jena) and Austria (Vienna). It aims to attract highly qualified students who will benefit from a strongly interdisciplinary and internationally focused academic programme.

All participating exchange programmes for the second semester, ranging from German, Austrian, English and Irish Studies to Teaching German as a Foreign Language as well as Cultural Studies and Intercultural Business Communication, have been chosen in order to provide students with expertise interrelated with and complementary to their studies in UL in semester one, giving students the chance to specialise in a range of contexts of the inter-relationship between Ireland and the German-speaking countries.

The intellectual outcomes consist of in-depth knowledge of cultural, political, and historical dimensions of Irish-German relations as well as a high level of linguistic competence and intercultural skills, gained both inside the classroom and through international experience. The interdisciplinary academic dimension will contribute to the development of analytical and research skills needed for high-level international positions, whether in the fields of business, culture or politics and education.

  • To provide students with the knowledge of cultural, political, and historical contexts of Irish-German relations and to explore the inter-relationship between Ireland and the German-speaking countries
  • To enable students to evaluate critically theoretical approaches to the study of literature, culture, history and intercultural relations
  • To enable students to hone their oral and written communication skills in German and in English
  • To provide students with the knowledge and skills to design and conduct independent research required to proceed to doctoral degree studies
  • To study themes and concepts that occur in the context of bilateral relations, i.e. identity, ethnicity, history, memory, language and home
  • To give students the opportunity to benefit from the excellent research links of the Centre of Irish-German Studies in German-speaking countries and to study in an international setting and at different academic institutions.

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

Gisela Holfter
+353 61 202395