Anglo-German Cultural Relations

MA ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )


BASF (Ludwigshafen/Germany) are offering two bursaries which will provide a maintenance allowance of £11,850 (including tuition fees value £8,700), for UK and EU candidates on the MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations, for the academic year 2018-19

The MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations is the first of its kind in the UK and is an integral part of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations. It is the only MA focusing exclusively upon the history, theory and practice of Anglo-German cultural relations from c1800 to today. The programme deals mainly with the literary, theoretical and cultural dimensions of these relations, and also contains a unique practical component, in which you will be taught by practitioners from British and German cultural institutions, as well as by experts from the fields of publishing, translating and the media. The programme provides an excellent pathway either for future academic study or for a career outside of academia.

This programme will:

  • Introduce you to the study of cultural transfers and exchanges between Britain and Germany and build on and deepen the skills and knowledge gained by analysing and assessing the various aspects of cultural transfers
  • Encourage you to reflect on the development and significance of Anglo-German cultural relations, analysing history and current practice
  • Focus on the theory and practice of cultural transfers and bring you into contact with representatives of cultural institutions working in this field, through work experience placements.

Why study the MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations?

The discipline of German Studies has a long and outstanding tradition at Queen Mary, University of London. With over 100 years of teaching German language and culture behind us, we are proud to be a vibrant department offering a wide range of courses on the literature, linguistics and culture of the major German-speaking countries. Apart from our main focus on Germany, we have research and teaching expertise in Austrian and Swiss literature and culture.

We are part of one of the leading language departments in the UK and aim for excellence in both teaching and research. Queen Mary was ranked in the top twenty in the UK for German in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008). This means that you will learn from people who are at the forefront of their field.

Our belief in the value of intercultural and interdisciplinary exchanges, led to the foundation of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations (CAGCR). Since its inauguration in December 2005, the Centre has developed into a very active platform for scholars and students, forming a link between Queen Mary and cultural institutions such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Goethe Institute and the cultural departments of the German, Swiss and Austrian Embassies. It is also of genuine symbolic significance that this Centre is located in the east of London; it is here that London’s cultural diversity has always been at its most inspiring, and the presence of German and Jewish communities was, until the First World War, the most prominent influence in this area.

  • The Centre has links with many cultural institutions, such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Goethe Institute and the cultural departments of the German, Swiss and Austrian Embassies
  • The Centre also has links with Strategy Consultants, Roland Berger who are also sponsors of the Centre’s Annual Lecture
  • You will meet practitioners in the field, including diplomats, translators, publishers, broadcasters, and thus have the opportunity to build up contacts for the future.


QMUL's new Graduate Centre, opened in early 2017, provides excellent teaching and learning spaces for all postgraduate students, including a lecture theatre, study spaces, seminar rooms, an open-plan study area, landscaped courtyard and a cafe. Additionally, you will have access to postgraduate only facilities which include the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre dedicated solely to the use of graduates. The Learning Resource Centre also has 200 networked PCs and is open to students round the clock with dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.

You will also have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource. You will have access to the Fontane Library which is funded by the German government for Anglo-German cultural relations. You will also have access to the Germanic Studies Library at Senate House University of London.

As a postgraduate student in the Department of German, you will benefit from a wide range of services, from help with accommodation to excellent IT support and foreign language teaching as well as an individually designed research-training programme and dedicated careers service.


This programme is available for one year full-time study, or two years part-time study.

The programme consists of a core module, plus a choice of two of the four option modules. You will also complete a dissertation.

Core module

  • Theory and practice of Anglo-German cultural transfers

The conception ‘cultural transfer’ includes aspects of inter- and intra-cultural relations between (national) cultures. Research on cultural transfers began in the mid 1980s and focused initially on France and Germany integrating research on reception studies, intertextuality, translation studies and language teaching. This course endeavours to apply findings in this field to Anglo-German cultural relations and to engage you in describing these relations in terms of “transfer models” which analyses the theory and history of Anglo¿German cultural transfers from the late eighteenth century to the present day. This part will bring you into contact with practitioners in this field and will introduce you to the reality of such transfers between cultures.

You will also produce a dissertation and choose two optional modules.

Optional modules may include:

  • Anglo-German travel writing

We explore the mutual perception of identity and culture of Germany and Britain as reflected by the various modes of travel writing (essay, letter, diary and literary journal) since the Enlightenment. It addresses the aesthetic and socio-cultural function of Anglo-German travel writing and examines its historical development.

  • In pursuit of prejudice? Mutual perceptions of identity

Prejudice, stereotypes, cliché-images often inform the representation of the ‘Other’ in the media, public and private discourse. This module attempts to identify and assess the impact of such stereotypes on Anglo-German relations.

  • The Rise and Fall of the Hero(ine)


Today, in the age of the star-cult and media-assisted idolatry as secular forms of worship, questions about the status of the heroic in society and its artistic representation have again been raised by literary scholars, cultural theorists, sociologists, and psychologists alike. How appropriate a conception is the heroic in our time? Should in our time social engagement, Zivilcourage and bravery in military action be regarded as equally fit for being labelled ‘heroic’.  Likewise, the anti-heroic is often associated with the ‘crisis of subjectivity’ and the disintegration of the Ich. One particular feature of this module will be the different appreciation of the ‘heroic’ in British and German culture past and present.

  • Thinking translation

Writers and critics return time and again to the implications of transfer between languages, or indeed between different media. We consider the ambiguous area where translated text seems to depart from its own nature and become ‘original’ writing, focusing particularly on German thought and texts in translation since Luther.

You may be permitted to take one option offered as part of another MA programme in the School or within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, provided that the MA convenor agrees that this would be beneficial for your intellectual development and research plans. In the case of options outside the School, admission to such modules requires the further agreement of the module convenor.

For more information

Find out more on the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations’ website:

Entry requirements

For entry to the MA you will need a BA in German, or with German as a principal component, (first class or upper second class honours degree,) or Staatsexamen, or equivalent qualification. Applications by graduates from other countries are welcome. Where English is not your first language, you will need to be highly proficient in English, for academic purposes, as well as in German.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements page.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Specialists from organisations supported by the German Foreign Office (Goethe Institut, UK-German Connection, DAAD (German Academic Exchange) meet postgraduate students and discuss their work and possible career paths. In addition, journalists, including from the BBC, come and speak to students (and have advised them on how to pursue career opportunities). You will also meet translators and publishers who provide further information and assistance.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in formal classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


All modules will be assessed through essays in English or German: For the core course, you will be expected to produce 2,000 words on research methodology, plus two 3,000-word essays. You will also produce a 4,000-word essay for each of your other two modules. Your final dissertation will be between 10,000 and 12,000 words.


You will also be assessed on a supervised 10,000-12,000-word dissertation.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £9,950
Part time £5,000

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £18,000
Part time £9,000

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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