Research course

German Studies (Social Sciences)

University of Birmingham · Institute for German Studies

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from candidates with a relevant Masters and/or good undergraduate degree. While knowledge of the German language is not a prerequisite for entry, some level of competence or the potential to gain an adequate level of competence is desirable.

Months of entry


Course content

Together, the Institute for German Studies and the European Research Institute offer a range of taught and research degree programmes to prospective postgraduate students. Within the Institute for German Studies, academic staff are available to supervise research degrees in the politics, economics, international relations, contemporary history and culture of contemporary Germany. Applications for comparative research are particularly welcome. However, applicants interested in German history and literature/linguistics are encouraged to visit the sites of the Department of Modern History and the Department of German Studies respectively.

We can offer research degree supervision in all of our main research areas:

  • Germany in comparative European context
  • The politics and policies of unified Germany
  • Political parties in Germany and in a comparative context
  • Transitional politics and the politics of memory
  • German foreign and security policy
  • EU external interventions
  • EU counter-terrorism policies
  • Germany within the European Security System
  • German literature, history and culture since 1600
  • The role of Germany within the European Union
  • German gender politics
  • Prisons and prisoner narratives
  • Baader-Meinhof and West German terrorism

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If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit:

Department specialisms

Germany in Comparative Context; The Politics and Policies of Unified Germany; The Role of Germany within the European Union; Economic Governance and Policy in Germany; Germany's Relations with Central and Eastern Europe; Germany within the European Security System

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005