German MA HonsUniversity of St Andrews
German MA Hons
As an MA (Hons) student of German, you will develop language and communications skills to a high level of proficiency. By studying German at St Andrews, you have scope to follow your own particular interests by choosing from a broad range of course options that reflect and explore the rich cultural heritage of the German-speaking lands, including:
- medieval studies
- intellectual history
- literature and society from the 18th century to the present day.
The MA (Hons) in German at St Andrews uses a specially designed language teaching program that caters both for students who have already studied German as a main subject at school and for beginners.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- SQA Highers
- GCE A-Levels
- IB points
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Two different types of modules are offered in first year:
- intensive foundation courses for beginners or students with an SQA National 5 or GCSE in German
- advanced language and literature courses for those with higher entrance qualifications such as an SQA Higher or GCE A-level.
Students who are beginners or who have studied German to National 5 or GCSE-level are required to take the following compulsory modules in their first year:
- First Level German B 1
- First Level German B 2
Students who have an SQA Higher or a GCE A-level in German are required to take the following compulsory modules in first year:
- First Level German A 1
- First Level German A 2
Students coming from first year beginners’ modules have their own intensive language courses. Non-language elements are integrated at this level: ex-beginners and ex-advanced students jointly extend their studies of German culture including modern and medieval literature.
- The Age of Goethe
- Unification to the First World War
- Medieval German Language and Literature
- Weimar Republic: 1918-1933
If you take German in your third and fourth years, you will choose from a variety of advanced options which incorporate literary, historical and cultural studies into language learning. Students of all language levels take the same core modules in German language, including advanced oral, writing and communication skills. Modules at Honours level include (but are not limited to):
- Masculinities in Contemporary German Film, TV and Literature
- Medieval Things
- Shakespeare: The German Catalyst
- The Nazi Past in German Cultural Memory
- Writing Nature: German Environmental Thought (1800-2000).
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
When not attending lectures, seminars and language classes, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
- working on individual and group projects
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing coursework assignments and presentations
- preparing for examinations.
Modern languages graduates have an extremely good record of employment after graduating, not only in all sectors that require advanced language skills but also in professional environments that demand good communication and analytical skills.
Employers value language graduates because they demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal and intercultural skills.
Many graduates go on to:
- specialise in translation and interpreting services, in language teaching or other sector-specific careers
- join international institutions and enterprises, working in international development departments, human resources, administration, media and communication jobs
- start a career in the banking and financial sector
- join the civil service, particularly in positions within the Foreign Office
- continue to study at postgraduate level.
About this institute
University of St Andrews
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Graduates of St Andrews are highly sought after by employers around the world due to our reputation for excellence. A qualification from St Andrews will help you reach your ambitions and kickstart your career.
Consistently ranked as the best student academic experience in the UK by students in the National Student Survey, your time as a student in St Andrews will be unique and rewarding, leaving you with a prestigious qualification, but also memories and connections to treasure for years to come.
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