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The German MPhil/PhD offers a tightly structured doctoral degree programme in a variety of research fields ranging from medieval German to gender studies to modern German film. Recent graduates from the programme have gone on to work in diverse sectors including academia, curatorship and the media.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£4,915 (FT) £2,455 (PT)
£19,010 (FT) £9,560 (PT)

Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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 language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Academic research may be pursued in medieval German literature, German history, German art history, a broad range of German and Austrian literary and cultural studies, and German sociolinguistics and translation theory.

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.
More information can be found on the department website: German MPhil/PhD


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


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

Why study this degree at UCL?

PhD students enrolled on the German MPhil/PhD programme enjoy unparalleled access to library resources (the UCL library, the Senate House library, the Warburg Institute and the British Library), a broad range of research skills courses offered by the Doctoral School, which are part of the doctoral programme, and a variety of cultural events offered by the DAAD, the Goethe-Institut, Europa House and the German Embassy. All students have a primary and a secondary supervisor to guide them through their PhD studies, and they can apply for funds to conduct research at specialist libraries in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Department: School of European Languages, Culture & Society

Student / staff numbers › 52 staff including 1 postdocs › 30 taught students › 52 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of European Languages, Culture & Society

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"I am interested in the novel, narrative technique, literary theory and theories of gender. I have worked on the interaction of fact and fiction in the novel, on the relationship of female and national identity, and on the representation and ethics of shame. I’m currently working on an interdisciplinary project with German historians looking at the reverberations of the Second World War in Europe. I have benefited particularly from being in a department (German) that is in itself interdisciplinary, as well as from the growing interactions between colleagues within and across the faculties. These interactions are becoming more possible, not least through the establishment of the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII), of which I am currently Chair, but, crucially, the impact of the Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies (FIGS), now extended to two faculties, Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences. "

Professor Stephanie Bird

German MPhil/PhD, Comparative Literature MPhil/PhD, Film Studies MPhil/PhD, Language, Culture and History MA, Comparative Literature MA, Film Studies MA
Professor of German

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

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