University of St Andrews

German and Comparative Literature MLitt

University of St Andrews
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Typology Master
Location St andrews (Scotland)
Duration 2 Years
  • Master
  • St andrews (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    2 Years

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).

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St Andrews (Fife)
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University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ


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· What are the objectives of this course?

Students become truly bilingual and intercultural by studying at two world-renowned and historic universities. The programme is taught by a group of internationally renowned experts in all major areas of German and comparative studies from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Students spend their first year in Germany and the second year in Scotland.

· Who is it intended for?

Modern Language postgraduates go on to careers in the academic field or in other areas, for example as cultural advisors, translators, or in the public or civil service. Recent graduates have secured posts such as: university teachers in the UK and Germany research assistants postgraduate recruitment officer at GCHQ professional translator adviser to the CBI television subtitler.

· Requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in German Studies, English Studies or a related subject.

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What you'll learn on the course

Comparative Literature
Contemporary Literature
Literary Revolutions
Italian Literary
Cultural Contexts
Learned Culture
Politics and Identity
Cultural Theory

Course programme


These are the modules offered by the University of St Andrews during the second year of the MLitt/MA programme.

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment.


  • 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. Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students .

  • Contemporary Literature and Culture
  • Contextualising the Modern
  • The Continental Renaissance
  • French Literary Revolutions
  • Italian Literary and Cultural Contexts
  • Learned Culture: Rhetoric, Politics and Identity
  • Literary and Cultural Theory 1
  • Middle Eastern Literary and Cultural Contexts
  • Patterns in Hispanic Literature and Film
  • Reading the Modern
  • Renaissance Popular Culture
  • Theorising the Contemporary
  • Women, Writing and Gender 1: Renaissance to Romanticism
  • Women, Writing and Gender 2: Victorian to Contemporary.

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 and receive a PGDip instead of a MLitt.

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Overseas Fee : £18,480

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