Research course

German and Comparative Literature

University of Kent · School of European Culture and Languages

Entry requirements

A first or 2.1 in a relevant subject (or equivalent) and the appropriate language skills.

Months of entry


Course content

German at Kent offers an ideal environment for the postgraduate study of literature and culture within a broadly European context. The research interests of our staff cover the entire modern period both within German-speaking countries and across Europe, and include poetry, the European avant-garde, women’s writing, modernism, postmodernism and literary theory.

Members of the department are experienced in running international projects and have attracted external funding from prestigious sources such as the Leverhulme Trust and the Humboldt Foundation. In addition to the expertise of our staff, all postgraduates in German benefit from the activities co-ordinated by the Centre for Modern European Literature, including lectures by distinguished guest speakers, research seminars, conferences and reading groups. The MA programme enjoys a broader perspective than many purely German MA programmes, since the University of Kent is one of the few British universities to have a dedicated Department of Comparative Literature.

German is part of the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL), which embraces eight other disciplines; our students can draw on the excellent resources of a diverse team of lecturers with expertise in many key areas of European culture. The Centre for Modern European Literature brings together various subjects within the School and ensures a vigorous and lively research culture.

Centre for Language and Linguistics (CLLS)
Centre for Modern European Literature

Department specialisms

Staff research interests in German include: Austrian studies; post-Idealist philosophy and the German lyric tradition; naturalism; modernism and 20th-century literature, especially Rilke, Kafka, Mann, W G Sebald and Jean Améry. Other areas of specialism within the School include: Beckett; Proust; the European avant-garde; modernism and postmodernism; cross-cultural transmission; translation theory; literary theory and aesthetics; Jewish writing; and literature and fundamentalism. The research culture is consciously conceived as interdisciplinary, through close links with the Centre for Modern European Literature (co-directed by German). Regular research seminars help to bring postgraduates together as a community, as well as to introduce them to visiting speakers from outside the University. We can supervise postgraduate students in any of the areas listed in our staff research interests, as well as in other main fields of German and European literature. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your plans at an early stage of your application.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Professor Deborah Holmes