Postgraduate study in German

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German Studies at Birmingham is large and long-established12. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), it was ranked equal first in the country on the percentage (60%) of its research activity judged to be of international excellence (3*) or world leading (4*). German Studies is part of the Department of Modern Languages, and you will be taught and supervised by international scholars with a wide range of expertise.

Postgraduate courses

Translation Studies - Modern Languages PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)

  • Postgraduate
  • Distance learning, doctoral research
  • Distance learning, full time, part time

This PhD in the Department of Modern Languages offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in the field of Translation Studies. Research strengths include: literary translation and reception; the history of translation; [more...]

Modern Languages MRes

  • Postgraduate
  • Combined research and taught
  • Full time, part time

The MRes in Modern Languages provides graduates with an outstanding opportunity to further both research and foreign language skills through a tailored programme which is unique in the UK. Graduates will carry out a research project of their choice, [more...]

Translation Studies MA

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time, part time

Our Translation Studies MA is designed for people who would like to start a career as professional translators, for translators who would like to further develop their skills, or for anyone who is interested in translation and cross-cultural [more...]

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

  • Postgraduate
  • Distance learning, doctoral research
  • Full time, part time

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 [more...]

Postgraduate supervision

We can offer postgraduate supervision in most areas of German Studies from the medieval period to the present day, for example:

  • Most major German writers and philosophers
  • Philology and history of the language
  • Sprachkritik and critical linguistics
  • Corpus linguistics and corpus-informed studies
  • Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies
  • German culture and society in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries
  • Women writers in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Representations of women in literature
  • Nietzsche and his reception in France and Germany
  • The reception of Dostoyevsky in Germany
  • Literature and culture of the Weimar Republic
  • Literature and culture in the ‘inner emigration’
  • Journalism and literary-philosophical journals 1930-1949
  • Cultures of memory and representations of National Socialism
  • The Frankfurt School

Current postgraduate student profile

Interdisciplinary research topics are welcomed and joint supervision with other departments in the University can be arranged.

Interdisciplinary research topics are welcomed and joint supervision with other departments in the University can be arranged.

A wide range of part-taught Masters courses is available within the College of Arts and Law.

All of our postgraduate students become part of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. Visit the website to find out more about its vibrant research community and top class facilities, as well as funding and scholarship opportunities