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Master's GroupMA students from Stellenbosch and Leipzig at the Launch of the new German MA by coursework in March 2012
Tanya Mineur, Lize Britz, Christine Maree, Prof. Carlotta von Maltzan (all from Stellenbosch), Prof. Claus Altmayer, Daniel Kulesza, Carla Buch, Stefanie Schneider (all from Leipzig)


MA (100% thesis) in Stellenbosch

Here you will find a brief description of the German MA programme, which includes information on its duration, admission requirements as well as its generic and specific outcomes. Read more ...

MA (50 % thesis) – double degree with Leipzig University

This MA by coursework is a double degree and jointly offered by the German Section of the Department and the Herder Institute at Leipzig University in Germany. Here you will find information on admission requirements, the programme structure and a list of modules to choose from at Leipzig University. Read more ...

Information for prospective students

Here students who intend to register for the MA in German (double degree with Leipzig University) will find information on general requirements, application procedures, bursaries and general information on what to keep in mind before going to Leipzig (Merkblatt/ FAQ’s to download as PDF). Read more ...

MA theses

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Masters programme in German (MA 100% thesis)

Course code: 26107 – 879 (180) (NKR 9: 100%-thesis)

Admission requirements: Honours in German or an equivalent qualification as approved by Senate
The student undertakes independent research and writes a thesis, which makes up 100% of the final mark. Students select a thesis topic in consultation with a member of the German Section who will act as supervisor.

Applicants are requested to send a provisional outline of their proposed research topic (3-4 pages, preferably written in German) to the programme co-ordinator.

Enquiries programme co-ordinator: Prof. Carlotta von Maltzan

Generic outcomes

Students who have completed the programme successfully have proved their ability: to identify research areas in German literature, language or cultural studies; to deepen their knowledge of their chosen area of research in an independent way and to develop their critical faculties through a detailed study of the research area; to apply appropriate research methodologies in the written presentation of their research results.

Specific outcomes

After completing the MA programme, a student is able to: undertake independent research in the fields of German literature, language or culture on an advanced level; demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the chosen research area; demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the principles of academic research; work autonomously, displaying a capacity for critical reflection, sustained scientific enquiry, self-discipline and time-management; present academic arguments in a well-articulated and appropriate style, also demonstrating a command of suitable editing and IT skills for professional use.

Information on bursaries:

You can apply to DAAD, the University and to other institutions.

Contact: DAAD-Lecturer Dr. Michael Märlein or IC-Büro Johannesburg (

Postgraduate and International Office and Postgraduate Bursary Office (

NRF Prestige /Equity Scholarships for Masters and Doctoral study




Master programme in German (MA 50 % thesis) – double degree with Leipzig University

Information 2017

In the first part of the programme students will spend two semesters at Leipzig University to complete their coursework. For the second part of the programme students will return to Stellenbosch to write up their thesis. Upon completion of the programme, students will receive a double degree, namely a certificate both from Stellenbosch University and from Leipzig University.

Course code: 26107- 889 (180) (NKR 9: 50%-thesis)

Duration: Normally two years

Admission requirements: Honours in German or an equivalent qualification as approved by Senate (see also below section “Information for prospective students)

This MA (50% thesis) is jointly offered by the German Section of the Department and the Herder Institute at Leipzig University in Germany. It is the first double degree in German between a South African and an overseas university.
Students who successfully complete the MA-Programme in German 889 (50%-thesis) will receive a degree certified by both universities in the following manner:

Enquiries: Prof. Carlotta von Maltzan email:


Master'sProf. Dr. Christian Fandrych (Leipzig), Prof. Dr. Carlotta von Maltzan, Dr. Rolf Annas, Prof. Dr. Claus Altmayer (Leipzig), Dr. Isabel dos Santos


Applications are invited from students with a BA Honours in German. A pass mark of at least 70% and a proven knowledge of German (at least level B2) are recommended for admission to this programme.

Excellent social, intercultural and communication skills, as well as flexibility and openness to new ideas are a prerequisite.

Programme structure

Students will spend the first two semesters of their studies in Leipzig, Germany and after their return to Stellenbosch, complete a 50% thesis which will be examined by both universities.

While in Leipzig, students have to complete 5 modules (2 modules per semester) as well as a Praktikum (the fifth module), usually during the semester break.

 Modules on offer are:

Please note: In order to plan which combination of modules is most suitable for you, you need to check on the Website of the Herder Institut which modules are offered in the winter semester and which are offered in the summer semester.

For a detailed description of the modules please visit the Website of the Herder Institut.

Choosing a topic for the thesis

While students are at Leipzig University, they should find a thesis topic of their choice (thesis to be written after their return to Stellenbosch) in consultation with a member of staff from the Herder Institut and via e-mail with a member of staff from the German Section of the Department. Both will then act jointly as supervisors of the thesis. Students are required to inform the programme coordinator Prof Carlotta von Maltzan of the thesis topic and the names of both supervisors by:

30 January (if studies in Leipzig commenced in the summer semester)

30 June (if studies in Leipzig commenced in the winter semester)

Supplementary Offers

Colloquia in Leipzig and in Stellenbosch

Students will have the opportunity to present the topic and design of their master thesis to a larger group and to receive qualified feedback in the discussion.




Information for prospective students


Information booklet 2017

The closing date for applications for the MA by coursework is 31 October of the previous year. The selection process takes place in late November. Interested students should please contact the programme coordinator:

Prof Carlotta von Maltzan
Department of Modern Foreign Languages
Stellenbosch University
P Bag X 1, 7602 Matieland, South Africa
Tel: + 27 (0)21 808 2034; Fax: + 27 (0)21 808 2034

Application procedure

Prospective students should complete the online application form for an MA in German (German 889), available on the website of the University of Stellenbosch at
In addition, a written application should be addressed to the postgraduate programme coordinator of German, Prof Carlotta von Maltzan and should reach her either by e-mail ( or be sent to the following postal address by 31 October:

Prof Carlotta von Maltzan
Department of Modern Foreign Languages
Stellenbosch University
Private Bag X1
7602 Matieland
South Africa

Applications should include the following:

Applicants should make themselves available for an interview (in person or through Skype)

General information before commencing studies at Leipzig

The following Merkblatt which you can download as a PDF contains the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) including the availability of bursaries which you might find useful before commencing your studies at Leipzig.

Merkblatt FAQ’s as PDF

Beginning your studies in Leipzig

Summer semester: arrival in Leipzig mid to end March

Winter Semester: arrival in Leipzig mid to end September



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