We offer postgraduate research supervision in most areas and epochs of the literatures, cultures and societies of the German-speaking world from the medieval period to the present day, as well as in German history and linguistics. Specialisms include:
- linguistics and medieval studies
- history of language teaching
- constructions of national identity from the 18th century to the present day
- myth in German literature from the 18th century to the present day
- 19th-century narrative
- novels and novellas
- culture and politics in the Weimar Republic
- Modernism and Postmodernism
- Feminist criticism and recent women’s writing
- critical and cultural theory
- gender studies
- memory and exile studies
- Postcolonialism and cross-cultural studies
- German cinema
- media studies
- autobiography in East Germany
- intellectuals since the Wende
- culture of the New Right in contemporary Germany
- contemporary German historiography
- memory, time and temporality in German literature and culture
At the end of three years’ full-time registration, plus one year optional writing-up, you will have written a thesis of between 80,000-100,000 words, in English or German, on a topic which makes a significant contribution to research in German Studies.
Modern Languages at Nottingham is a leading centre for research in French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Russian and Slavonic Studies, and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. Our internationally-rated research spans eight interlinked, cross-disciplinary areas, with six collaborative research centres and groups and a peer-reviewed journal. Nottingham is also an important centre for the study of Contemporary China.
Find out more about research in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Research students come to Nottingham from the UK and overseas, including the EU, the Middle and Far East, Latin America and the United States. With their diversity of cultural and disciplinary backgrounds, they constitute a rich, rewarding and supportive postgraduate community.
Our energetic research culture also involves a programme of visiting speakers and regular symposia organised by staff and students.
As a German studies research student, you will fully participate in and organise events and activities such as:
- seminar presentations
- film cycles
- discussion panels
- conventional research papers
- collaborative research presentations
- question-and-answer slots
- organised discussions of pre-submitted papers
- sessions on the various challenges facing research students
Our research community is very strong and full of strong-minded people. It should be a very rewarding journey.
The Graduate School supports all postgraduates and early career researchers at the University, with dedicated study spaces, training courses and placement opportunities.
We offer research students:
- advanced research training
- expert supervision (each student is allocated two supervisors)
- frequent reviews and feedback on progress
- departmental research seminars/work in progress sessions
- well-equipped work bases, with excellent library and IT facilities
- support for research trips and conference attendance, inter-library loan
The University provides a range of support and information to enhance your student experience.
You will have access to:
- academic and disability support
- childcare services
- counselling service
- financial support
- visa and immigration advice
- welfare support
English language courses
Our Centre for English Language Education offers presessional English courses to help develop your English and study skills.
The centre is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, so you can be sure that the teaching and facilities are high-quality. You can also access free English language support alongside your academic course.
University of Nottingham Students’ Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or speak to the dedicated Postgraduate Officer.
There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:
- international students
- black and minority ethnic students
- students with disabilities
- LGBT+ students
SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.
Researcher training and development
The Graduate School training and development programme empowers postgraduate students and early career research staff to develop the skills required in their research and future careers.
I took a three-year break after finishing my undergraduate degree but realised that my passion lay in research, more specifically, linguistics, and I am glad that I came back to study at Nottingham as the postgraduate community here is friendly, active, and open.
I am also lucky to have two excellent supervisors who support and push me and work with the University to provide me with many opportunities to develop professionally – be that teaching, skills workshops, or helping run an academic journal. My favourite part of being a PhD researcher is the supportive environment that is created by the postgraduate researchers – everyone is passionate about their research and there is always someone around to discuss new ideas with.
Careers and professional development
Many of our postgraduates have chosen academic careers and are currently in full-time posts in the UK. Others have moved into the civil service, the cultural industries, the media, publishing, teaching or translation.
The research training all our postgraduates follow equips them with a range of key transferable skills, such as analytical thinking, time management, and presentation and research skills.
Average starting salary and career progression
For postgraduates from the School of Cultures, Languages and Areas Studies, six months after graduation:
- 94.7% were in employment or further study
- the average salary was £20,000
Source: known destinations and salary data for full-time, home, postgraduates extracted from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17.
Careers support and advice
Whether you are considering a career within or outside academia, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate.
Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.
Fees and funding
Securing funding for postgraduate study can be a complicated and competitive process, but there are many opportunities available to support your studies. Our step-by-step guide to funding sets out all of the different stages and avenues to explore.
The Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership supports the personal and professional development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. Studentships are available to UK/EU students.
The latest information about funding opportunities available to Cultures, Languages and Area Studies postgraduate students is available on the School funding opportunities webpage.
The Vice Chancellor’s Scholarships for Research Excellence are significant funding opportunities available to students from a wide variety of research areas.
The University of Nottingham offers Research Scholarships to international and EU students from a number of countries. In most cases, you must already hold an offer to study at the University of Nottingham before you can apply for a Research Scholarship.
From August 2019, the UK Government is offering a student loan worth £25,700 for UK-based Doctoral students. The loan is intended to contribute towards the fees living costs and is paid to the student via the Student Loans Company. For general eligibility criteria please refer to the Gov.UK website.
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.