German is the native language of more than 90 million people. It is an important language of trade, with Germany the third largest economy and second largest exporter in the world. Knowledge of German also gives you access to a rich literary, intellectual and cultural tradition. German thought and culture has made a major contribution to Western science, philosophy, theology, music and art.

Areas of study

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.

You can study German in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Studying German at postgraduate level will give you advanced oral and written communication skills and a deep understanding of the literary, cinematic and historical influences that have shaped modern Germany. There is also the possibility of participating in the German international language examination Grosses Deutsches Sprachdiplom.

Career opportunities

Graduates in German work as teachers, librarians, in managerial positions, in government service (such as foreign affairs and trade), in tourism, business and industry.

More information

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