The Master's degree programme 'German Language and Literature' at Saarland University provides students with an opportunity to learn skills that play a key role in today's society, helping them to prepare for successful future employment, including career paths within higher education (via a subsequent doctoral research degree). Students on the M.A. programme can select from three areas of specialization. The subject area selected as the main (or major) subject can be combined with a subsidiary (or minor) subject, which can either be another area of specialization from within German language and literature, or is from another permitted discipline or is the field of comparative literature. The three areas of specialization offered are:

German language, literature and cultural practice: In this area of specialization, students undertake a thorough analysis of literary texts and texts relating to literary theory covering the period from the Middle Ages to the present day, focusing in particular on the analysis of film and theatrical works and critical textual editing. The introductory phase of the programme provides students with a solid grounding in each of these three fields (introductions to film studies, theatre studies and textual criticism). Independent project work rounds off the programme, which is designed to ensure that students acquire the necessary academic knowledge and skills in combination with curricular elements that provide practically relevant, applications-driven input. Students on the Master's programme who select this area of specialization will acquire a broad and solid grounding that is suitable for careers in both the professional and academic spheres.

German linguistics: Students who select this area of specialization will engage in the advanced study and analysis of linguistic problems in syntax, semantics, pragmatics, morphology, phonetics/phonology, language history and psycholinguistics. A particular area of interest concerns questions of language variation: dialectal, temporal (i.e. diachronic) and sociolinguistic. In contrast to the curriculum of the Bachelor's degree, the Master's programme places greater emphasis on theoretical modelling of linguistic phenomena and on experimental, statistical and corpus-based methods of analysis.

German as a foreign language / German as a second language: In this area of specialization the focus is on teaching students the linguistic, psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic foundations that underpin the academic study of multilingualism and of foreign language and second language acquisition. During the more practically focused parts of the curriculum and the mandatory practical training phase, students learn how to plan and execute language lessons and language teaching sessions in different contexts and for different target groups and are required to reflect on their experiences and the results achieved. Graduates from the Master's programme who have chosen this area of specialization are qualified to work as German teachers and to take up positions as instructors and educators in teacher training environments. Graduates who wish to pursue further study are well set to undertake doctoral research into multilingualism, second language acquisition and foreign language and second language teaching methodologies.

Course of study German Language and Literature
Type of programme Consecutive Master's degree programme
Accreditation System accredited by the Accreditation Council
Can be studied as Main and/or subsidiary subject in a dual-subject programme
Possible combinations Subject combinations (in German)
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Degree qualification Master of Arts (M.A.)
Language of instruction German
German language requirements TestDaF: 4 (overall), DSH: 2, Goethe Institute certificate: C2
Start of programme Winter semester (or summer semester)
Restricted entry No
Application deadline All deadlines for the three areas of specialization
Where to apply Online application portal (in German)
Tuition fees Not applicable
Semester fee See current fee structure
Study counselling Central Student Advisory Service
Course advisers Contact the course adviser
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