MA Studentship at the Institute for German and European Studies (IGES)

Level of study
Postgraduate research masters, Postgraduate taught masters
Subject area
History, History of Art, Modern Languages and Cultures, International Relations, Political Science
EU, Overseas (Non-EU), UK
Type of Award
Deadline for applying
Closed 30/06/2021 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

The Institute for German and European Studies (IGES) at the University of Birmingham invites applications for a Master’s studentship, which carries a stipend of £5,000 towards the cost of fees of a Master’s degree with a focus on Germany or German Studies.

Why study at the IGES?

Our research is multi-disciplinary across the arts and social sciences. It encompasses the culture, history, politics and economics of Germany in its European context. The IGES belongs to a dynamic, worldwide network of 21 Centres for German and European Studies supported by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

IGES students network and interact with their counterparts at other DAAD Centres at postgraduate conferences, at summer schools, and on study trips. IGES students also have the opportunity to conduct research at other DAAD Centres, and many benefit from DAAD scholarships to carry out research in Germany.

IGES funding is available for students to attend academic conferences and conduct fieldwork. The IGES has an outstanding track record of successful postgraduate supervision. Many current and former IGES students have secured research council funding for their doctoral study. IGES graduates are regarded as highly employable by the academic and business communities.

Value of Award


Eligibility Criteria

The successful candidate will hold a good BA or equivalent in a relevant topic and meet all other entry requirements for our Master’s programmes. Applicants will be expected to possess at least lower intermediate knowledge of German (A2 or above in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). During their studies at the University of Birmingham, they will be expected to further improve their German language skills through the Languages for All programme.

The successful candidate will complete a Master’s degree in one of the following History, History of Art, Modern Languages or Political Science programmes, with a dissertation on a German Studies topic:

  • MA by Research in German Studies
  • MA Contemporary History
  • MA Early Modern History
  • MRes Early Modern History
  • MRes History
  • MA History of Art
  • MA Holocaust and Genocide
  • MA International Political Economy
  • MA International Relations
  • MA Politics
  • MRes Sexuality and Gender Studies
  • MA Translation Studies

Supervision will be provided by the most appropriate members of the IGES research team. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the organisation of two PGR-focused IGES events during the academic year 2021/22.

How to Apply

Prospective candidates should send an academic CV and a dissertation outline (each no longer than one side of A4) indicating their fit with the Institute for German and European Studies to the IGES Director, Dr Klaus Richter. The name and contact details of one referee should also be provided.


Klaus Richter