Research course


Queen Mary, University of London · German

Entry requirements

For entry at PhD level, we would normally expect candidates to have an MA or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

With a flourishing Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations; connections with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Leo Baeck Institute and the University of London Institute of Modern Languages Research and partnerships with the Stiftung Weimar Klassik and with various German, Austrian, and Swiss universities, we offer an outstanding international research culture and an exceptional place to pursue postgraduate study and research in German at MA and PhD level.

Research in German contributed fully to QMUL’s strong performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (the latest in the series of national evaluations of research in UK universities), as part of Modern Languages and Linguistics (UoA 28B: 3.04 GPA). Our location means that students can enjoy easy access to all the research libraries and archives that London has to offer.

Together with the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations, we have established an innovative MA in this field of research (see MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations). We are actively engaged in the MA in Comparative Literature.

MA students are strongly encouraged to attend the German Seminar, the Oberseminar for doctoral students, and a range of events organised by the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations, as well as lectures, readings and workshops given by visiting fellows and the writer in residence. All these events, and a structured programme of Oberseminare and research training Seminars also mean that we can offer an unusually rich, supportive, stimulating and friendly framework for advanced research.

We welcome applications from prospective PhD students across a wide range of areas. Our collaborative expertise covers virtually the whole field of Germanic studies, including Austrian and Swiss literature and linguistics.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36+ months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Professor Else R. P. Vieira
+44 (0)20 7882 8335