The MPhil/PhD in German is based at King’s College London, and leads to a PhD from King’s College. Our Joint-PhDs with the Humboldt University of Berlin, the University of Stuttgart or the Sorbonne (University of Paris IV) involve at least one year at our partner institutions in Berlin, Stuttgart or Paris, and lead to a Joint-PhD conferred by both institutions.
The current research students work mainly in cultural and historical studies from the Middle Ages to the present day, including literary studies, film and cinema studies; theatre studies; literary and cultural theory; and the history of ideas. In the field of literary and cultural studies, applications are further welcome from students with interests in the study of nation, identity and memory; gender; realism and modernism; the classical tradition; and comparative literature and performance.
The Department's links with European Studies also provide an important focus for research on migrant communities; post-1945 political movements; gender and politics; international relations; European identities and German history.
Programme StructureCourse study environment
- As a research student, you will have designated primary and secondary supervisors, and most students will see their supervisor at least every two weeks during the first year of research. We will monitor your progress through termly written reports and annual reviews. You will be strongly encouraged to attend research seminars and reading groups in the department and beyond, and will have opportunities to present your research.
- The department organizes individual training for graduate students, tailored to their specific needs. All postgraduate research students in the department attend a regular graduate research seminar that provides a forum to discuss practical, methodological and theoretical issues relating to their research.
Staff interests associated with the research programme and its research groups
- Aine McMurtry
- Alexander Clarkson
- Anna Linton
- Ben Schofield
- Catherine Smale
- Erica Carter
- Katrin Schreiter
- Martin Brady
- Matthew Bell
- Sarah Bowden
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesLanguage Studies View 100 other PhDs in Language Studies in United Kingdom
- Bachelor's degree with 1st class or 2:1 Honours in German Studies or a relevant subject, and preferably also a taught Master's degree.
International20820 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 20820 GBP per year during 36 months.
National5500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5500 GBP per year during 36 months.
Living costs for London
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Annual funding is available through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership. Up to 80 studentships are available for postgraduate research students studying Arts & Humanities at King's College London, School of Advanced Study (University of London) or University College London from the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership).
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