Course Details

Course Code:
1 year
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Taught
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr Joachim Fischer
Address: School of Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics Email: Telephone: +353-61–202354
Name: Dr Christiane Schönfeld
Address: Dept. of German Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Email: Telephone: +353-61–204582 or 204996 (admin)

Brief Description

This new taught master’s programme takes account of recent changes in Ireland’s economic circumstances.  The design of the course reflects Ireland’s increasing integration into, and interdependency with, a constantly changing European Union in which Germany will continue to represent a crucial political, economic and cultural force. The programme also features elements on Austrian culture, on Germany’s interaction with Eastern European cultures as well as the outside perspective of the European Union present in German-language Swiss writing. Beside the European focus, the traditional orientation of post-graduate degrees in German Studies towards literature is expanded by the inclusion of visual and other media texts, in particular film, again exploring the European dimension of contemporary German-language cinema.
The programme is run jointly by the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick, and the Department of German Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

This taught Master’s programme is run jointly by the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, University of Limerick, and the Department of German Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

The programme enables students

  • To analyse and interpret German-language culture within a broader European context, including the inter-relationship between Ireland and Germany, Switzerland, Austria
  • To handle a wide range of communicative situations in the foreign language and communicate in oral and written German with a high degree of accuracy and confidence
  • To function as plurilingual European citizens with both the linguistic and conceptual skills to operate in a future increasingly multi-cultural environment in Ireland and abroad and function effectively as cultural mediators between Ireland and the German-speaking countries
  • To fulfil leadership roles in cross-cultural contexts
  • To onceptualise larger research projects (e.g. in preparation for further study towards a PhD degree) and participate in a broader intellectual community of postgraduate research and learning.
Autumn Semester       Spring Semester Sumer Semester 
  • GE6001 German-language Culture in Europe I: Transcultural Theory
    and Textual Practice * (9 ECTS points) [delivered at UL]
  • GE6011 Advanced Language Skills I: Advanced Language skills II:
    Analysing Media Texts* (9) [UL]
  • Research Methodology


  • RM6021 Research Methodologies in Comparative Literature and Cultural
    Studies (3) [UL]
  • RM6011 Research Methodologies  in Applied Language Studies (3) [UL]


  • GE6021 German-Irish Cultural Connections * (9) [UL]
  • GE6031 The German Language Today (9) [UL]
  • GE6002 German-language Culture in Europe II: German Literature in a
    Comparative European Context* (9) [MIC]
  • GE6012 Advanced Language Skills II: Analysing Films and Other Visual
    Texts* (9) [MIC]
  • AW6002 Thesis Writing (3) [UL]


  • GE6022 German Language-in-Education Policy and Practice (9) [UL]
  • CU6012 Utopian Theory and Texts [UL] (9)**
  • CU6002 Textual Constructions of Cultural Identity: Regional, National, Ethnic,
    European [UL] (9)**
  • PA6012 European Public Administration: Actors, Institutions, and Policy
    Process [UL] (9)**
  • European Modernism [MIC] (9)**
  • Questions of European Identity from the 19th to the 21st Century
    [MIC] (9)**
  • CU6021 Culture and  the Market [UL] (9)**
  • GE6003 Thesis (30) 


An undergraduate degree at 2.2 Honours level or above (or international equivalent) with a substantial component of German Studies (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). An oral and written assessment of applicants’ language skills is part of the admission procedure.
Candidates who do not meet these criteria may apply for admission. Recognised prior learning may be taken into account, subject to the approval of the joint Course Directors.

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
  • English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
  • A one-page supporting statement
  • A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):
Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


The programme prepares students for the evolving employment prospects in the EU, in particular at the political, economic and cultural interfaces between Ireland and the strongest and largest economy in the Union. It equips student with the skills necessary for obtaining employment in institutions and companies in Ireland requiring excellent language competence in German, in Irish foreign trade organisations, in EU institutions, or for employment in German-speaking countries. The programme is also attractive to existing and future teachers of German in secondary schools, where a progressive Europeanisation of the curriculum is set to be one of the features of educational reform.