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PhD German

 Course Level
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

14200 GBP
4121 GBP
4121 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
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The Faculty of Arts
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
GRE (avg)610
GMAT (avg)23

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About this course

The Department of German is engaged in research across a broad spectrum of German Studies, covering many aspects of language and linguistics, literature, history and culture, from the Early Modern period to the present day. We have particular expertise in modern literature (the novel, poetry and drama, especially in the classical age, the early 20th century and the post-Wende period), historical and modern sociolinguistics, history and politics of Germany and Austria since 1800 (particularly of the political East), and German children's literature and comparative literature. We also benefit from strong links with Augsburg, Graz, Heidelberg, and Kiel and research centres in Germany, especially the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbacham Neckar.

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Eligibility Criteria

Selection process - Online application form

English language requirements, One of the following:

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall, minimum 6.5 in any band.
    • TOEFL : 92 minimum 23 any part, 24 in writing
    • SAT : 610
    • ACT : 23


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Course Modules

There are four major foci of research within the department:

i. the social and political history of Austria and the GDR, including post-1945 and 1990 memory studies

ii. the relationship of literature and history, in the experience of exile and literature biography

iii. the role of language use and metalinguistic perception in the formation of identity, taking into account a number of sociolinguistic phenomena from the present and past

iv. comparative literature, which includes reference to issues of poetry, music, and translation

Staff are also active in interdisciplinary research at school and faculty level, focusing on themes and approaches such as conflict and culture, identity formation, Weimar culture, comparative literature, and translation. Several of our postgraduates are co-supervised by colleagues from other departments where this is intellectually sensible.

The department boasts of recent success in obtaining external funding for postgraduate studies, post-doctoral fellows, and research grants, from the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust and the Humboldt Foundation, amongst others. The Department's collaborative research in linguistics and East German studies was recently supported by AHRC-funded Networks for work in 'History and Language, Linguists and Historians' (2008-10), and 'After the Wall: Reconstructing and Representing the GDR' (2009-11), and our commitment to literary studies has been recognised with AHRC awards to study Arthur Schnitzler (2014-17) and work on the British Library's collection of Stefan Zweig's work (2014-17). Post-doctoral fellows have been researching a range of topics on German comparative literature, historical sociolinguistics and East German history.

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How to Apply

Required documents for this programme are:

  • Two academic references (minimum)
  •  Any references from engineering companies including industrial placements
  •  Degree certificate(s) from first and subsequent degrees
  •  Academic transcript(s) from your first and subsequent degrees
  •  Personal statement
  •  English language certificates
  • if English is not your native language and your undergraduate degree was not in an English speaking country (please see the English Language Requirements for a list of English speaking countries)

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is not required but can help your application.

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