German Studies PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)

We offer promising German Studies candidates the opportunity to carry out research in one of the leading centres in the country for language, literature, history and culture. Germanists working here are part of a stimulating research culture within the Department of Modern Languages, and also benefit from special links to the DAAD-supported Institute for German Studies based in the College of Social Sciences. Between us we are able to offer an exceptionally wide range of expertise, and hence supervision opportunities, ranging from the medieval period to the present day.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Distance learning, doctoral research

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: PhD – 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time; MA by Research – 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Start date: January or September

Details

The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.

The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff.

You can study an MA by Research or PhD programme on campus or by Distance Learning.

We have particular strengths and traditions in studying the interface and interactions between literature (and other forms of cultural expression) and the socio-political contexts in which they were produced. We also encourage and enable interdisciplinary research, and have a successful history of joint supervisions with other departments and schools within the College of Arts and Law (and beyond).

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2015/16 are currently as follows:

  • Home / EU £4,090 full-time; £2,045 part-time
  • Overseas: £13,195 full-time; £6,597.50 part-time

For part-time students, the above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in subsequent years of your programme.

Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments.

Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students.

Learn more about postgraduate tuituion fees and funding.

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To be eligible for these awards, candidates must hold either an offer of a place to study or have submitted an application to study at the University. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Entry requirements

Learn more about entry requirements

International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

Before you make your application

You may wish to register your interest with us to receive regular news and updates on postgraduate life within this Department and the wider University.

Making your application

For applicants to the PhD Distance Learning study mode only:

As part of the application process for the distance learning study mode, we will ask you to provide evidence to demonstrate that you have the time, commitment, facilities and experience to study for a PhD by Distance Learning. Please be prepared to provide evidence, and details, of the following:

  • Examples of your postgraduate research experience and ability to work independently e.g. papers/presentations at professional and academic conferences or publications in professional journals or previous completion of an independent research project, etc.
  • Full reasons (academic and personal) for registering for the distance learning mode of study rather than by standard full or part-time on-campus options. In particular, how you will be able to carry out your project in your chosen location.
  • Access to local library facilities (where needed)
  • Access to IT facilities
  • Access to communications, including e-mail and visual communication media e.g. Skype and Facetime
  • Access to facilities to support any study-related disability (where appropriate)

You can upload this information at the time of application - when asked to provide supporting documentation - or via your applicant portal once you have submitted your application.

For all applicants:

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Research interests of staff

  • German and European literature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; the history of translation; literary translation; gender and translation.
    Contact: Dr Hilary Brown
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5930
    Email:
    h.j.brown.1@bham.ac.uk
  • Critical linguistics; Sprachkritik; language corpora; Kafka.
    Contact: Professor Bill Dodd
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6185
    Email: w.j.dodd@bham.ac.uk
  • German and Germanic philology.
    Contact: Mr Robert Evans
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6182
    Email: r.j.evans.get@bham.ac.uk
  • German culture and history since 1750, particularly the relationship between literature and politics; German cinema.
    Contact: Dr Elystan Griffiths
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6178
    Email: e.g.m.griffiths@bham.ac.uk
  • Medieval and sixteenth-century literature and culture.
    Contact: Dr Nigel Harris
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6183
    Email: n.w.harris@bham.ac.uk
  • Twentieth-century German literature; language teaching methodology.
    Contact: Professor John Klapper
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6186
    Email: j.m.klapper@bham.ac.uk
  • German intellectual and cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially Nietzsche, the First World War, and National Socialism.
    Contact: Dr Nicholas Martin
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6176
    Email: n.c.martin@bham.ac.uk
  • Twentieth- and twenty-first-century women’s writing; the politics of remembrance; feminist theory; gendered memories of Nazism; autobiography and identity; women's writing and fascism.
    Contact: Dr Joanne Sayner

    Tel:+44 (0)121 414 6177
    Email: j.sayner@bham.ac.uk
  • Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women's literature.
    Contact: Dr Ruth Whittle
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3218
    Email r.whittle@bham.ac.uk 

Employability

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Birmingham?s Modern Languages postgraduates develop excellent communication skills, whilst cultural awareness and foreign language skills are highly sought after by employers. Postgraduates in Modern Languages also have a range of transferable skills including the ability to gather and interpret information, organisational skills and the ability to work well with others. Such skills can be used in a variety of occupations.

Over the past five years, over 94% of Modern Languages postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Some of our language graduates train to become professional linguists such as translators and interpreters. Others graduates enter employment where their language skills may be advantageous but not central to their role ? for example, within international organisations, the Civil Service and in the travel and hospitality industry. Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: Arts and Humanities Research Council; Deloitte; Tate Britain Gallery; University of Manchester; and Zamyn (a communications agency).