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MPhil/PhD in German Studies

Standard duration: Full-time 3-4 years, Part-time Up to 7 years

Min. entry requirements: 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and ideally a Master’s in a related subject

English Language: IELTS 7.0, Band B

On the PhD programme, you choose your own research topic, conduct independent research under the supervision and guidance of an expert in the field and supported by appropriate research and skills training, and submit an 80,000-word dissertation.

Research interests

Our staff's specialist areas range across the whole of the Modern period, from the 18th-century Enlightenment to the present day, with notable areas of expertise in: German Classicism and
Romanticism; Orientalism in German Culture from 1800 to the Present; German Diasporic Cultures and Literatures; Nationalism and Anti-Semitism; Weimar Cultures; Contemporary German History; GDR History; Gender, Terrorism and Prison Writing; Post-War German Literature and Culture; German Memory Cultures; Temporality and Deceleration in Contemporary German Culture; Critical Theory.

Research Degrees

Entry Requirements

MA by Research: 2:i undergraduate degree in a related subject

MPhil/PhD: 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and ideally a Master’s in a related subject

English Language Requirements
Band B (Band A, Hispanic Studies)


All applications should be made online at

Applicants for research programmes are urged to contact the department before making an application.

Application Deadline

MA by Research: Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

MPhil/PhD: Candidates also applying for funding should take into account that early deadlines apply.

Tuition Fees
(2016/17 rates)

Full-time £4,109, Part-time £2,465

Overseas (band 1):
Full-time £15,460, Part-time £9,276

Overseas (band 2):
Full-time £19,740, Part-time £11,844

For information on funding opportunities please visit The Graduate School.