Research course


UCL - University College London · Department of German

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Months of entry


Course content

Academic research may be pursued in medieval German literature, German history, German art history, a broad range of German and Austrian literary and cultural studies, and German sociolinguistics and translation theory.

PhD students enrolled on the German MPhil/PhD programme enjoy unparalleled access to library resources (the UCL library, the Senate House library, the Warburg Institute and the British Library), a broad range of research skills courses offered by the Doctoral School, which are part of the doctoral programme, and a variety of cultural events offered by the DAAD, the Goethe-Institut, Europa House and the German Embassy. All students have a primary and a secondary supervisor to guide them through their PhD studies, and they can apply for funds to conduct research at specialist libraries in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Department specialisms

German history: GDR social history; generations in 20th-century Germany; Nazi Germany; German nationalism; German art history; anti-semitism; exile studies German literary and cultural studies: witchcraft; gender studies; post-war film; representations of violence and murder; Austrian drama; narrative ethics; anti-authoritarian movement of the late 1960s in West Germany; representation of history in literature; reverberations of war in literature and film; contemporary literature in German; laughter, jest and ridicule in courtly and urban culture; medieval drama; Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival Linguistics: sociolinguistics; feminist linguistics and discourse analysis; the theory and practice of language teaching; women’s discourse in National Socialism; the sociolinguistic history of cursing and swearing in German since the 16th century.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available at:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Professor Stephen Hart
+44 (0)20 7679 3036
020 7679 3001