Taught course

German Studies Pathway - Modern Languages

University of St Andrews · School of Modern Languages

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a Modern Language or Comparative Literature in the relevant pathway subject. Secondary pathway subjects cannot be taken at beginner's level.

If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop your academic understanding of and research capability in German and German-speaking culture, literature, and language.

You can take German studies as a single-subject pathway or in combination with another language pathway within theModern Languages MLitt programme.

Within the German studies pathway, the optional modules allow you to acquire advanced knowledge of contexts that have shaped literature and culture in the German-speaking lands from the Middle Ages to the present day. You may also undertake guided study on a specialised topic drawing on research expertise in the Department of German.

The final part of the programme is a supervised research project in which you will explore a topic in depth. Research specialisms within the Department of German include:

  • medieval literature
  • the 19th century
  • realism
  • travel writing
  • historiography
  • queer and gender studies
  • cultural memory
  • contemporary literature
  • literary theory
  • film and visual culture.


  • Study a single-subject pathway or combine two pathways to create a programme that reflects your academic interests and ambitions.
  • Small class sizes of no more than 20 students provide a close-knit postgraduate community and friendly academic environment.
  • Teaching is geared towards encouraging and directing independent research.
  • Students receive training in traditional and new research methodologies and have the opportunity to broaden their language portfolios.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Modern Languages