German and Comparative Literature (MLitt) 2021 entry
The MLitt in German and Comparative Literature offers a unique opportunity to gain a comparative perspective on German literature through a joint qualification from the University of St Andrews (MLitt) and the University of Bonn in Germany (MA).
Postgraduate, leading to a Scottish Master of Letters (MLitt) and a German Master of Arts (MA)
Students spend their first year at the University of Bonn, please see the Bonn web pages for course dates.
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
Two years full time
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in German Studies, English Studies or a related subject. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- Applicants must be fluent in both German and English. German applicants and those with native languages other than English will need to provide an English certificate (Level C2, TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent). See English language tests and qualifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK: 2021 fees have not yet been set for this course. For the 2020 fees, please check the fees web page.
Additional fees may apply for study at the University of Bonn; for more information, please see the Bonn web pages.
Applications are through the University of Bonn; see the Bonn web pages for how to apply. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- certificates showing appropriate competence in English and German
- letter of intent in German or English to the German coordinators.
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
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These are the modules offered by the University of St Andrews during the second year of the MLitt/MA programme. Find out more about the modules taught by the University of Bonn.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2020–2021 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2021 entry.
- Apples and Oranges: Issues in Comparative Literature: explores the most pressing questions which arise when different texts are put in contact, using pairings of texts to reflect on different kinds of relations, such as clashes, genetic, interdisciplinary and intermedial relations.
- German Literary and Cultural Contexts: Turning Points: advanced knowledge of contexts that have shaped literature and culture in the German-speaking lands from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Students taking the 40-credit version of 'German Literary and Cultural Contexts: Turning Points' do not take optional modules.
Students choose one optional module.
- Europe and America: Dialogues and Identity Formation in Text, Film and Theory
- French Literary Revolutions
- Italian Literary and Cultural Contexts
- Literary and Cultural Theory 1
- Middle Eastern Literary and Cultural Contexts
- New Approaches to the Russian Literary Canon
- Patterns in Hispanic Literature and Film
- Problems of Culture and Identity 2
- One module offered by the School of English (exact topics to be confirmed)
Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
In the second semester at St Andrews, students specialise in an area of choice within German or comparative literature and write an 18,000-word dissertation under the joint supervision of one professor in Bonn and one supervisor in St Andrews. This is an in-depth independent research project that serves as an ideal preparation for the demands of a PhD.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study at St Andrews and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2021 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.