Research course


University of Cambridge · Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

Entry requirements

Applicants for PhD study should have achieved a strong honours degree in a relevant field, with clear evidence of research potential, and a distinction in their UK Masters Degree (or equivalent).

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

If you already have a Master's Degree, or are able to start research without one, the Cambridge Department of German has an outstanding range of facilities and expertise to guide you through these years of research to the PhD. If you wish, you are likely to be given the opportunity of gaining experience in small-group teaching for colleges.

The Department of German and Dutch is the only such department in the UK which has always been placed in the top grade in research assessment exercises and can fairly claim to be the best in the country. The collegiate structure of the University also makes for a supportive environment.

Department specialisms

Medieval Literature; Early Modern German and Baroque; "Goethezeit"; Romanticism; 19th- and 20th-Century German Novels; German Cinema; European Modernism; German History 1500-1800; German Thought 1700-1900.

Information for international students

English Language Proficiency: IELTS 7.5 (minimum of 7 in each unit); TOEFL iBT 110 (minimum 25 in each individual element); CAE Grade A or B (minimum 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment; CPE Grade A, B or C (with minimum 200 in each individual element).

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,094 p.a.
International students
£22,248 p.a.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trusts, Gates Cambridge Scholarships, College Scholarships. The department also administers the Tiarks Fund, which offers bursaries and scholarships specifically for German studies.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

MML Graduate Office
+ 44 (0)1223 335057