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Postgraduate Studies

German Studies in Mary Immaculate College (University of Limerick) combines both language and cultural studies, with a particular focus on inter-/transcultural issues. The undergraduate curriculum is informed by a broad interpretation of culture, which interprets film, literature and everyday discourse as expressions of particular cultures. Students thus acquire language and intercultural skills which are essential in an increasingly globalised and multi-cultural society. You may apply for an M.A. or Ph.D by research with us in a variety of areas. Research candidates can apply for Assistantships on a competitive basis. Starting September 2016, graduates have the opportunity to register for a Taught M.A. in German Language and Culture in Europe, offered in conjunction with UL.

We provide a supportive and encouraging environment for postgraduate students as part of a structured supervision programme run by the department. Due to its size and ethos, which may distinguish it from larger institutions, the college is able to offer a motivating framework and interdisciplinary co-operation as well as access to international research groups, projects and resources.

Taught M.A. in German Language and Culture in Europe (offered jointly with the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communications at the University of Limerick; one year, full-time)

Research M.A. and Ph.D

Research opportunities for graduates are available in the following areas:

  • Adaptation and Intermediality
  • Autobiographical Novels and Theory
  • Contemporary German-language Literature
  • East German Literature and German / Eastern European Relations
  • Expressionism
  • German Film
  • German Language Pedagogy, Teaching and Learning
  • Heinrich v. Kleist
  • Intercultural Literature
  • Subject and Subjectivity in Contemporary German-language Literature
  • Theatricality in Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Transnational Spaces / Movement(s) in Literature and other Media 

There is a limited number of teaching assistantships and fee waivers available to suitable PhD (and MA) students. Contact the Head of Department for further information: christiane.schonfeld@mic.ul.ie.

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