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German Studies By Research (On-Campus or By Distance Learning), M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
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The University of Birmingham offer promising German Studies By Research (On-Campus or By Distance Learning) candidates the opportunity to carry out research in one of the leading centres in the country for language, literature, history and culture.

About

The German Studies By Research (On-Campus or By Distance Learning) programme at University of Birmingham requires you to prepare a thesis of up to 40,000 words. 

The University of Birmingham has have particular strengths and traditions in studying the interface and interactions between literature (and other forms of cultural expression) and the socio-political contexts in which they were produced. We also encourage and enable interdisciplinary research, and have a successful history of joint supervisions with other departments and schools within the College of Arts and Law (and beyond).

Distance learning

You can study an MA by Research or PhD programme on campus or by distance learning. Please note that if you are studying with us by distance learning, the programme includes a fully-funded annual visit to campus for each full year of your programme (every two years for part-time students).

Career:

Birmingham's Modern Languages postgraduates develop excellent communication skills, whilst cultural awareness and foreign language skills are highly sought after by employers. Postgraduates in Modern Languages also have a range of transferable skills including the ability to gather and interpret information, organisational skills and the ability to work well with others. Such skills can be used in a variety of occupations.

Over the past three years, over 94% of Modern Languages postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Some of our language graduates train to become professional linguists such as translators and interpreters. Other graduates enter employment where their language skills may be advantageous but not central to their role - for example, within international organisations - and some go on to teaching or lecturing positions. Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: Language Connect; RWS Group; TransPerfect Global Business Solutions; University of Birmingham; University of Cambridge; and University of Oxford.

Programme Structure

Research interests:

  • Twentieth-century German literature
  • German culture and history since 1750, particularly the relationship between literature and politics
  • Medieval and sixteenth-century literature and culture
  • German and European literature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
  • Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women's literature
  • German and European literature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; the history of translation; literary translation; gender and translation.

        Detailed Programme Facts

        • Programme intensity

          You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

          Full-time
          • Full-time duration 12 months
          Part-time
          • Average part-time duration 24 months
          • Intensity Flexible
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus, Online

        English Language Requirements

        You only need to take one of these language tests:

        • Minimum required score:

          88

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        • Minimum required score:

          6.5

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        • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

          176

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          Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

        • Minimum required score:

          59

          PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

        Academic Requirements

        You need the following GPA score:

        Required score: Upper Second Class

        Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

        Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

        For MRes and MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK.

        Any academic and professional qualifications or relevant professional experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases, form an integral part of the entrance requirements.

        If you are applying for distance learning research programmes, you will also be required to demonstrate that you have the time, commitment, facilities and experience to study by distance learning.

        Tuition Fee

        • International Applies to you

          17040 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 17040 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
        • EU/EEA Applies to you

          4320 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 4320 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

        EU/EEA

        2160 GBP part time

        NON EU/EEA

        8520 GBP part time

        Living costs for Birmingham

        • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
          Living Costs

        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

        Funding

        Postgraduate loans

        Government-backed postgraduate loans are available to help UK and EU students to finance their studies. For those starting courses after 1 August 2018, loans are available of up to £10,609 for Masters by Research students and up to £25,000 for PhD students, in all subject areas. 

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        Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available

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