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

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 [more...]

Holocaust and Genocide MA/Diploma/Certificate

Co-taught by staff in History, Modern Languages and Theology and Religion, this interdisciplinary programme will immerse you in past and present debates about researching, remembering and commemorating the Holocaust and other genocides. You have the [more...]

Modern Languages MRes

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...]

Sexuality and Gender Studies PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)

Supervision from leading international scholars of interdisciplinary Sexualty and Gender Studies.

Postgraduate research in Sexuality and Gender Studies is a truly interdisciplinary collaboration, led by academics from a [more...]

Sexuality and Gender Studies MRes

The MRes in Sexuality and Gender Studies is an example of truly interdisciplinary collaboration, staffed by academics from a range of disciplines, each bringing their specific expertise to bear on the topics under discussion. The programme [more...]

Translation Studies MA

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...]

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

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...]

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