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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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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
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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.
Staff have a wide range of research interests in German and Austrian literature, culture, film, thought, history, art history, visual culture and linguistics, and welcome enquiries in these fields. Please consult staff webpages.
About this degree
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
For information about available funding and scholarships please visit the SELCS Funding and Scholarships website.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- UK rate fees, a maintenance stipend, conference costs and professional development package (3 years)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
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 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
What our students and staff say
"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 BirdGerman 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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
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