Taught course

German Studies

University of St Andrews · School of Modern Languages

Entry requirements

A good degree (minimum 2.1) with Honours from a UK university or equivalent. German language proficiency at C1 level on the European Framework or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in German Studies offers students an opportunity to develop their academic interests in the societies, cultures, literatures and films of the German speaking lands from the Middle Ages to the present.

Course highlights

  • Students receive training in traditional and new research techniques and have the opportunity to broaden their language portfolios.
  • Small class sizes of no more than 20 students provide a close-knit postgraduate community and friendly environment.
  • Teaching is geared towards encouraging and directing independent research.

Teaching format

The MLitt in German Studies is a one-year taught programmerun by the Department of German in the School of Modern Languages. The programme is aimed at those looking to expand their understanding and knowledge of the literature, culture and history of German or to continue at PhD level.

The taught portion of the course consists of five compulsory modules involving literary theory, research skills, and German literature and culture. Classes are delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and fortnightly tutorials, with class sizes ranging from individual one-to-one teaching up to 20 students. Modules are assessed through coursework; there are no final exams for this programme.

You will spend the summer months focusing on researching and writing a final dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.

Information for international students

German language proficiency at C1 level on the European Framework or equivalent is required. English language proficiency with a minimum of 7.0 in IELTS or equivalent Other qualifications are accepted: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Dissertation40 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 3670