German MA (Hons) 2020 entry
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, film, intellectual history, and 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 programme that caters both for students who have already studied German as a main subject at school and for beginners.
The MA (Hons) in German is also available as a five-year course with an integrated year abroad. The integrated year abroad is an opportunity for students to spend a year working in a German-speaking country between second year and third year. Find out more about integrated year abroad options.
Master of Arts (single Honours degree)
Four years full time
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 June 2024
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
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.
- Standard entry grades: AAAB
- Minimum entry grades: AABB
- Gateway entry grades: BBBB
- Standard entry grades: AAB
- Minimum entry grades: ABB
- Standard entry grades: 36 (HL, 6,6,5)
- Minimum entry grades: 36 (HL 6,5,5)
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes, please see our entry requirements for more information.
For degrees combining more than one subject, the subject with the higher entry requirements determines the grades you need. You will also need to meet any further subject specific entrance requirements as outlined on their pages.
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.How to apply
Do I need to have studied this subject before?
No prior knowledge of German is necessary. Modules are not designed for native speakers.
General entry requirements
All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.
More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.
St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.
The School of Modern Languages has a long-standing reputation for innovative research in an exceptionally broad variety of interests including world literature, linguistics, cinema, history, gender and identity studies.
German at St Andrews was ranked second in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2020.
In the 2014 REF, the School of Modern Languages was ranked first in Scotland on the quality of publications, with over 70% of research work rated as world-leading and internationally excellent.
The School of Modern Languages was ranked second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2019 as 95% of St Andrews final year students were satisfied with the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
In the first two years of your degree (known as sub-honours) you will take the required modules in German along with modules in at least one additional subject.
Typically, you will take three modules per semester during your first two years, and two modules per semester during your third and fourth year (known as Honours). Find out more about the modular Scottish degree system.
Two different types of modules are offered in first year: intensive foundation courses for beginners or students with a SQA National 5 or GCSE in German, and advanced language and literature courses for those with higher entrance qualifications such as a 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: provides the first half of an intensive language programme for beginners and those with a National 5 or GCSE.
- First Level German B 2: provides the second half of the intensive language course for beginners and those with a National 5 or GCSE.
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: lays the foundation for study of German language and literature at university level.
- First Level German A 2: builds on the foundation study of German language and literature in First Level German A 1.
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).
In fourth year, students have the option (subject to approval) of undertaking a dissertation of up to 10,000 words, written in English, on a topic of their choice. This independent project enables you to develop key research skills which are desired by both prospective employers and by graduate schools offering postgraduate degrees.
The compulsory modules listed here must be taken in order to graduate in this subject. However, most students at St Andrews take additional modules, either in their primary subject or from other subjects they are interested in. For Honours-level, students choose from a range of Honours modules, some of which are listed above. A full list of all modules available for the current academic year can be found in the module catalogue.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take German as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following subjects. Combinations involving Biblical Studies or Management are only available to those with previous knowledge of German.
Modern language degrees
You can also take German as part of a Modern Languages joint Honours degree with two modern languages and one additional subject.
You can take German as part of a "with" Honours degree in which the majority of the course deals with the first named subject.
- Economics with German
“I have been able to explore some really fascinating aspects of not just the language itself but also the culture and history that surrounds it. Spending my third year teaching English in a school in Germany was an amazing experience. The German Society here is also very active and welcoming, putting on plays and hosting events throughout the year.”
Kate (Scottish Borders, Scotland)