Postgraduate study in German

Postgraduate study opportunities in German

Postgraduate courses in German include language acquisition, German literature from the eighteenth century to the present, and German language teaching and translation.

There are opportunities to undertake research in German studies ranging from literature to the German connection with New Zealand and the Pacific.

We also encourage PhD research in all these areas.

Overseas exchanges

Masters and PhD students may be able to spend some time studying at German universities through scholarships offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Postgraduate careers

Our graduates have found careers in foreign affairs, trade, tourism, and teaching at both secondary and tertiary levels.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in German

The BA(Hons) is a stand alone degree at postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BA and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BA(Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one year MA.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in German. You must have an average grade of B or higher in 45 points above Stage II in the major.

Programme overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Required course of study

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for the courses you may take and how to structure your study.

Master of Arts in German

Programme overview

Master of Arts

There are two separate MA options, depending on your entrance pathway.

120-point (one-year) MA

The 120-point MA requires one year of full-time study, with admission from a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in German with an average grade of B or higher. The research masters has higher requirements.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

240-point (two-year) MA

The 240-point MA requires two consecutive years of full-time study, with admission from a BA or approved equivalent qualification. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in German. You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.  

To progress to the second year of the MA

In the first 120 points of MA enrolment, you must achieve:

  • An average grade of B, or
  • For a research masters, any grade specified for enrolment in a thesis or research portfolio.

If you do not achieve the required grade, enrolment for the MA cannot continue.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

Apply and enrol

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.

Contact a Graduate Adviser

For more information on postgradute study in German, contact an Adviser.