Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHO04 (FT), MHO05 (PT)

CAO Points :

Maynooth University is one of the main centres of research in German Studies in Ireland. The research profiles of staff members are very varied, covering all periods of German literature and including many aspects of German culture and history. The German Department offers research opportunities relating to all German-speaking countries and, uniquely, relating to theoretical and applied linguistics as well as the theory and practice of Teaching German as a Foreign Language. Other particular areas of research include travel writing, intercultural encounters, aesthetics, minorities, German-Jewish studies and postcolonial studies. Research topics from other areas need to be discussed with the prospective supervisor prior to application.

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time.

September (or other agreed time)

Candidates normally must have a Masters degree with at least a 2.1 in German, or equivalent. In exceptional cases, candidates who do not fulfil this requirement may be accepted. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:
• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850




Supervised research. The staff of the Department of German are happy to supervise research in the following areas, amongst others:
(a) Intercultural communication, applied linguistics, methodology and didactics of teaching German as a Foreign Language, intercultural competence, cultural and institutional influences on foreign language acquisition, learning strategies, error analysis, learner autonomy, language awareness.
(b) German, Swiss and Austrian literatures from the High Middle Ages to the present; especially travel writing; literary reflections of encounters with foreign
cultures; German-Jewish history and literary history; Holocaust literature, contemporary Swiss, Austrian and German literature, Women’s Writing in German.
(c) Aesthetic theory and cultural memory.
(d) Further topics relating to German, Swiss and Austrian history, culture and literature by agreement with supervisor.

Full details of staff research interests can be found at

The student, in consultation with his/her supervisor, will devise a research plan. It is advised that students also avail of the opportunity to take generic skills modules (GSA1, GSA2 and GSA3) and/or subject specific modules (any of the ID84X modules, e.g. ID841, ID842 or ID843).

Students who do not hold an MA or equivalent qualification (only admitted in exceptional cases) may be required to take modules from the MA programme. Students may, in consultation with their supervisor and the Head of German, take additional modules.

Course Duration: 2 years Full-time, 3 years Part-time

German is the largest language in Europe in terms of native speakers and one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with more than 100 million native speakers and millions more speaking German as a second language. Germany has also the largest economy in Europe, thus making German a language widely offered in universities around the world. The MLitt in German enhances opportunities in teaching, the civil service, journalism as well as the diplomatic, academic and many other professions.

Online application only

PAC Code
MHO04 MLitt Full-time
MHO05 MLitt Part-time

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

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