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Knowledge of German is vital for a small nation like Norway. Both because the German-speaking countries play an important role in modern Europe today, and because Germany is Norway’s second largest trading partner.

With a master’s degree in German you get to experience and explore the German speaking countries from within, through their own language and not through translations.

Writing a master’s thesis is a research project on a topic you are interested in. Some of our previous master’s projects include:

  • Automatic translation of tourism websites
  • Herta Müller’s autofictional narratives and democratic criticism of the totalitarian regime in Romania
  • Literature and films by second-generation immigrants to Germany, e.g. director Fatih Akin

A master’s degree in German will give you sought-after teaching skills as well as a solid base for working in business or with cultural dissemination focusing on German-speaking Europe. Our alumni also work as journalists, in administration and in trade.

Excellent skills in language, literature and culture build bridges between countries and companies.

Career

The master’s degree in German will qualify you for work in both public and private sector.

Our graduates work in translation, export industry, public administration and teaching – both abroad and in Norway.

With the master’s degree in German,  you will make information from German-speaking cultures accessible and interesting for a Norwegian audience. You can also help make communication between Norway and German-speaking countries easier.

In a broader sense, you will be equipped to handle communication problems, bridge cultural differences and gain an analytical approach to information.

You can continue in academic research by pursuing a PhD.

Structure

The programme covers two academic years (four semesters) and starts in the autumn.

Semester 1

  • Follow a combination of obligatory and elective courses worth a total of 30 ECTS
  • Choose your specialisation in literature, culture or linguistics:
    • The language part of the study extends from German grammar in the broadest sense to contrastive linguistics, verbalism, semantics/lexicology, sociolinguistics, varieties in German (German in Germany, Austria and Switzerland), phraseology, language learning and language didactics. Topics can also be placed in a historical perspective.
    • The literature section offers literature and cultural science subjects from all the German-speaking countries. The starting point can be historical, with emphasis on epochs of literary history from the baroque to the present day, or it may be concentrated on authorship, genres or literary theory.

Semester 2

  • Follow a combination of obligatory and elective courses worth a total of 30 ECTS
  • Choose the topic for your master’s thesis

Semesters 3 and 4

  • Writing your master’s thesis

The master’s thesis is an independent research project. You choose a topic within your chosen discipline – literature, culture or linguistics. It could be a traditional research topic, but if you have an issue you have a particular interest in, this is usually allowed. You plan and develop your project with help and assistance from your supervisor.

The programme can include professional didactics (lenke) if you plan on becoming a teacher.

Full list of courses in this study programme

Language of Instruction

The German courses will be taught in German. For all other courses check the specific course plan.

Objectives and content

The Master’s Programme in German will give a thorough knowledge of German language and literature. There is also great focus on increasing the students’ competence in usage of modern German, both through a separate offer in practical German and through working with varied written and oral assignments in connection to the curriculum in all the courses. During the programme the students will develop their ability to critically reflect on central theoretical and methodical problems within the part of the subject they specialize in. This is especially important considering the work on their MA thesis.

Required Learning Outcomes

KNOWLEDGE

The candidate

  • has broad general knowledge of main theories, terminology, and methods within German as a scientific discipline
  • has basic knowledge about the central problems and methods in his/her chosen discipline and in-depth knowledge of a limited area
  • has knowledge of and is able to use relevant communication genres

SKILLS

The candidate

  • can develop and present a project in German (written and orally)
  • can reflect over linguistic nuances between Norwegian and German, and utilize this when using oral and written German
  • can use a precise linguistic and literary set of terminology when discussing textual types and hypothesis related to his/her own research
  • can express him/herself precisely about academic issues, analysis, interpretations and conclusions related to their own discipline
  • can work independently and long term with problem solving based on acquired academic knowledge
  • can understand and critically assess theories, methods and interpretations related to their own discipline
  • is able to attain and make use of knowledge related to new areas within the academic field

GENERAL COMPETENCE

The candidate

  • can translate from German to Norwegian and from Norwegian to correct German both orally and in writing
  • can find relevant sources and bibliographies both online and in encyclopaedias, and use these critically in his/her own work
  • is able to do a limited research or development project under supervision and in line with current ethical norms
  • is able to use those methods and analytical tools necessary to complete an independent research project within his/her chosen area
  • is able to independently continue developing competence and specialization
  • is able to participate in the public debate where it is relevant to the academic field

Compulsory units

TYS307TYS311TYS308TYS309 or TSAK319 and TYS350

Stipulations regarding progress

For a full-time student normal study progression is 30 credits each semester.

Place of Study

Bergen

Study period abroad

Students can take up to two Master’s courses in the first year at a foreign higher education institution, and have these approved as a part of the MA Degree.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, individual supervision

Assessment methods

An exam concludes each course. The different exam models are explained under each course description.

An oral exam where the Master’s thesis is discussed is scheduled at the end of the Master’s programme.

Grading scale

When grading the courses in the programme, two grading scales might be used:

1) A-F, where F is a fail

2) Passed/not passed

See the course descriptions of the specific courses.

Contact information

studierettleiar@if.uib.no

Prerequisites

The Master Degree in German usually builds on a Bachelor Degree with specialization in German of at least 90 credits or a similar education. If an applicant has graduated from an institution where the requirement is a specialization of a minimum of 80 credits, this will also be accepted.

Method

The department offers advanced courses within literary and linguistic theory and method, discussing all the major fields involved. The advanced courses will provide you with a solid foundation for the master’s thesis.

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