German MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • German history: GDR social history; generations in 20th-century Germany; Nazi Germany; German nationalism; German art history; anti-semitism; exile studies
  • German literary and cultural studies: witchcraft; gender studies; post-war film; representations of violence and murder; Austrian drama; narrative ethics; anti-authoritarian movement of the late 1960s in West Germany; representation of history in literature; reverberations of war in literature and film; contemporary literature in German; laughter, jest and ridicule in courtly and urban culture; medieval drama; Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival
  • Linguistics: sociolinguistics; feminist linguistics and discourse analysis; the theory and practice of language teaching; women’s discourse in National Socialism; the sociolinguistic history of cursing and swearing in German since the 16th century.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English level expected: Good


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  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,200
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,250

Scholarships available for this department

Arnaldo Momigliano Scholarship in Arts

For students of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa who wish to apply to UCL as an affiliate student for a graduate research programme in any Department of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. Students must contact authorities of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in order to be nominated. This scholarship is based on academic merit. This award was founded in 1989 to commemorate the work of Arnaldo Momigliano, KBE, FBA, Professor of Ancient History at UCL (1951-75) by his daughter, Professor Laura Lepschy.

Wolfson Scholarships

The intention is that Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded solely on academic merit. Ideally the successful students would aspire to an academic career.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Recent graduates have used their knowledge to work in the fields of research, curatorship, the BBC, the BFI, advertising and the film industry.

Next steps


Mr Stephen Hart

T: +44 (0)20 7679 2768


School of European Languages, Culture & Society

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