Taught course

German Studies (MLitt)

University of St Andrews · School of Modern Languages

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in German with a German language proficiency at C1 level on the European Framework or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in German Studies is a one-year taught programme run 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.


  • Students receive a carefully balanced combination of training in advanced research techniques and skills, an overview of the state of the art of German studies and specialisation in any area of German studies.
  • You will have personal access to teachers with expertise in a wider range of areas in German Studies (medieval literature, the nineteenth century, realism, historiography, cultural memory and film).
  • Teaching is geared towards encouraging and directing independent research.
  • You will be part of our friendly department and thriving and a close-knit postgraduate community, with many students from our partner university in Bonn.
  • The course offers access to teachers with expertise in a wide range of areas in German Studies including medieval literature, the nineteenth century, realism, historiography, cultural memory and film.

Teaching format

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.


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £9,000  Overseas: £18,480

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

Further details of qualification

This programme is normally residential, but other possibilities are available by arrangement. Part-time learning, and interim and advanced awards are possible.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 3670