We have particular expertise in historical and modern sociolinguistics, in modern literature (the novel, poetry and drama, especially in the classical age, the early 20th century and the post-Wende period), the history and politics of German y and Austria since 1800 (particularly the political East), German children's literature, exile writing, and comparative literature. We also benefit from strong links with partner universities and research centres in Germany and Austria.
We welcome applications from graduates wishing to pursue custom-designed research programmes. Interdisciplinary and cross-language research is particularly encouraged and well supported across the School of Modern Languages and the wider faculty. Our postgraduates are fully integrated in a professionally and personally supportive departmental and school community.
You will be part of a departmental reading/study group, and you will have the opportunity to present your work at departmental, school-level research events and colloquia elsewhere within the faculty. We will help develop your full range of academic skills, including publication, and may be able to offer opportunities for undergraduate teaching after your first year.
Dedicated research facilities foster interdisciplinary collaboration through a series of research seminars and other events. In addition, the Multimedia Centre is a specialist language centre comprising a language laboratory, media suite, a library of foreign films, newspapers and magazines, and a screening room.
Graduates from this German programme at University of Bristol develop a wide variety of careers, including in the cultural and heritage sectors and as academics in higher education.
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Research within the department focuses on five major areas:
- Historical and modern sociolinguistics, and in particular, language policy, language standardisation, and language attitudes;
- The social and political history of Austria and the GDR, including post-1945 and 1990 memory studies;
- The relationship of literature and history in the experience of exile;
- Comparative literature and the relationships of literature to music and the visual arts;
- The literature and culture of Germany and Austria from the 18th century to the present day with particular strengths in writing in the German classical age (Goethe, Schiller), modernism and the literature of the two Germanies.
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- 12 months
- 24 months
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DisciplinesLanguage Studies Literature Linguistics View 76 other Masters in Language Studies in United Kingdom
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- An upper second-class degree or international equivalent. Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of your readiness to pursue a research degree.
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International18900 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18900 GBP per year during 12 months.
National4475 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4475 GBP per year during 12 months.
- UK: part-time - £2,238
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time - £9,475
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.