Research course


Queen Mary, University of London · German

Entry requirements


Months of entry


Course content

    The Department is interested in receiving applications from prospective MPhil and PhD students across a wide range of areas. The Department’s expertise covers virtually the whole field of Germanic studies, including Austrian and Swiss literature and linguistics. Particular research strengths include:

  • Anglo-German Cultural Relations, including comparative literature and cultural studies, the comparative history of ideas, the history of British ‘Germanistik’, cultural transfer, linguistic relations, translation theory and travel writing
  • Jewishness and German culture, including German-Jewish writing, exile and holocaust studies, and the rhetoric of anti-semitism
  • German, Austrian and Swiss Literature in its social contexts, including Sociability, Spas and Salons; women’s writing; gay and lesbian studies
  • German Thought from Lichtenberg to the Present, including Goethe, hermeneutics, Nietzsche, the Frankfurt School and queer theory
  • Poetry, Poetics and Poetologies, including Droste-Hülshoff, Rilke, and Celan
  • German Literature between 1945 and 1989, especially GDR literature before and after the ‘Wende’, Hubert Fichte and Uwe Johnson
  • German Linguistics, centred on historical linguistics, syntax, morphology and sociolinguistics

Department specialisms

Medieval Literature; Literary and Cultural Studies 18th-20th century; Dialectology and Sociolinguistics

Fees and funding

British Academy.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Programme Administrator
020 7882 8332