Entry requirements

MPhil: An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent). Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of your readiness to pursue a research degree. MPhil/PhD: A pass at Master's level (or international equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of German is engaged in research across a broad spectrum of German studies, covering many aspects of language and linguistics, literature, history and culture: from the early modern period to the present day. We have particular expertise in modern literature (the novel, poetry and drama, especially in the classical age, the early 20th century and the post-Wende period), historical and modern sociolinguistics, history and politics of Germany and Austria since 1800 (particularly of the political East), and German children's literature and comparative literature. We also benefit from strong links with Augsburg, Graz, Heidelberg and Kiel, as well as research centres in Germany, especially the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbacham Neckar.

We welcome applications from students wishing to pursue tailor-made research to Master's or doctoral level in any of the above areas. Interdisplinary and cross-linguistic research is particularly encouraged. Our postgraduates are fully integrated in a professionally and personally supportive departmental community.

You will be part of a departmental reading group, and you will have the opportunity to present your work at departmental or school-level research events and colloquia elsewhere in the Faculty of Arts. We support you in the development of a full range of academic skills, and may be able to offer undergraduate teaching commitments to doctoral students.

Special research facilities foster interdisciplinary collaboration between all departments through a series of research seminars and other events; while the Multimedia Centre is a specialist language centre comprising a language laboratory, media suite, a library of foreign films, newspapers and magazines, and an 18-seat screening room.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £4,185 Part time: £2,093
International students

The University of Bristol is part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), which will be offering studentships for September 2017. For information on other funding opportunities, please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 117 331 8443