German - Master's Programme in Languages

Academic year 2023/2024

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German is for historical reasons an important language in Europe with great cultural and economic importance. In the Master's programme in Languages, specialising in German, you build up an understanding of language and literature as expressions of culture, and the connection between these and society. You will learn how the language looked during different time periods, how it is used for different communicative purposes, how literature reflects cultural conditions, and how it is discussed. The programme prepares you for a career in the culture and business sector and for further academic studies.

Why this programme?

Through the Master's programme in Languages, specialising in German, you will gain insights into the German language and literature, and understand a language culture on a deeper level. The language is not only a tool for communication. Via text and literature studies, you will get answers about people's use of language and their purposes for certain language use. This requires methods for analysing texts with a sensitivity to their linguistic structure and content. You will encounter the linguistic variety and richness of communication and the creativity in it, especially when the media of communication change character.

The programme gives you:

  • advanced insights into more theoretical aspects of linguistics and literary studies
  • specialist knowledge in the subject, with experts in German linguistics and literature as teachers
  • the possibility of exchange studies.

The program's courses are based on specialist knowledge within the department. Teachers and researchers are experts in German linguistics and literature as well as in the didactics of cultural knowledge. All courses include smaller seminar-type meetings where the students are expected to discuss relevant topics. Active participation and commitment are important components of the program.

The programme prepares you for a career in the cultural sector or the academic world, where the next step is postgraduate studies. The programme is preparatory for research and after the first year, it already gives you access to apply for doctoral studies.

The Master's programme in German is given by the Department of Modern Languages ​​at the Faculty of Linguistics in Uppsala. Uppsala University has Sweden's widest range of education in languages ​​and language-related subjects. The programme gives you the opportunity to read practical courses that are designed especially for language students. Exchange studies are also a possibility, and it is encouraged as far as practicably possible.


The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with German as the main field of study. After one year of study, it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Arts (60 credits) in German.

All specialisations of this programme


The programme includes courses and independent degree projects. During the first year, a series of work-oriented seminars and study visits are common to all students in the programme.

The first term includes two programme-based courses - a course in theory and method as well as a course with work-oriented lectures and study visits. In addition, courses are taught in German.

The second term is devoted to specialisation in German, 15 credits. The remaining 15 credits consist of a programme-wide methodology course (7.5 credits) and an elective course in German or another subject (7.5 credits).

The third and fourth terms are devoted to independent degree projects comprising 15 or 30 credits and elective courses in German or other subjects. Opportunities for internships comprising 7.5 credits or 15 credits are available.

Learning experience

The language of instruction is German and English.

Some of the courses may require compulsory attendance. Studies conducted at a foreign university may be included in the degree. During the first semester of the programme, a seminar series is held with invited guest lecturers representing different professions with language in focus. In a seminar, you present your ideas and discuss a course book, or other study material that you are required to read before the seminar, with your classmates; while the teacher usually only moderates the discussion. The aim is to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills. All the students are expected to be active participants in all forms of discussions.

In addition to the seminars, there are also visits to workplaces related to a future career. The seminars and the workplace visits are common for all the students in the programme and provide valuable insight into professional life and an opportunity to make personal contacts. There are opportunities for internships.

Some of the courses are taught as distance courses with online seminars.


A master's degree in German is a chance to develop intellectually, gain better analytical skills and sharpen your research skills so that you are well prepared for postgraduate studies or employment in any of a large number of fields outside of academia. You can find work both within the country and abroad. In Sweden, there are over 1,200 German-owned companies where your language and cultural skills are in demand. Conversely, there are approximately 1,800 Swedish-owned companies in Germany. You can work as an expert in language and communication at these companies or as an expert on international issues at universities and colleges.

German is spoken in Europe by about 100 million people, mainly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but there are German-speaking groups in other countries, for example in Romania, the Czech Republic and Russia. With a master's degree in German, you will therefore be well prepared for advanced tasks in large parts of Europe.

Career support

During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.


Below you will find details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what general documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, you only need to submit the general supporting documents, as no programme-specific document is required.


120 credits

Autumn 2023, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 16 January 2023

Application code: UU-M5872 Application

Language of instruction: English


Academic requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be German.

Language requirements

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at

Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits).

Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50,000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200,000

Contact and further resources


For programme-specific information, please contact the student counsellor

+46 18 471 14 31

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

Department of Modern Languages

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 L

Box 636, 751 26 UPPSALA

018-471 1297

Last modified: 2022-10-27