Founded in 1828, the department is the oldest department of German in the UK, offering an extremely broad range of subject areas, a rich tradition of research and an innovative approach to learning. With some of the most prominent academics in their fields, the department currently has the second largest number of postgraduate students in the country.


Situated at the heart of the University of London, the department offers MA and PhD students easy access to the best libraries and research centres in the country, including the British Library, the Institute for Germanic Studies, the German Historical Institute and the Institute of Historical Research. In addition, the cultural offerings of the Goethe Institute, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and a wealth of exhibitions, films and theatrical performances are all close at hand.

Graduate degrees are administered by the School of European Languages, Cultures and Societies (SELCS) of which German is a part.