German MPhil/PhD

MPhil/PhD German
We offer research degree supervision in a very broad range of areas from the Medieval period to the present day.

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MPhil/PhD German
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject; for PhD-level study, we would usually expect you to hold, or be working towards, a masters degree in a relevant subject
7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park
Other requirements



We have particular expertise in:

  • 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
  • Romanticism
  • 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

You will be required to take generic training modules in the Graduate School.

We like our postgraduate students to participate as much as possible in our research activities. We regularly host conferences here in Nottingham and encourage our research students to get involved. There are also a fortnightly departmental research seminar with papers from postgraduates, members of staff and visiting speakers and a postgraduate-run work-in-progress workshop.



The department welcomes applications from students who wish to pursue MPhil or PhD degrees. 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. 

All research students are involved in the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme. The school's energetic research culture also involves a programme of visiting speakers and regular symposia organised by staff and students

The department offers 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
  • involvement in departmental and interdisciplinary research clusters

Research support

Research students benefit from the well-established research environment and professional training available. Postgraduates have the opportunity to participate in a range of vital learning experiences while studying in the department, including the Department’s Postgraduate Professional Development Programme and the University’s Graduate School research training courses. Many of our former research students publish high-quality books and articles and have secured teaching positions in universities both in the UK and abroad.
The Department is also fully involved in the “Midlands 3 Cities” Doctoral Training Partnership and its research training programme, funded by the AHRC.

Research supervision 

In terms of research student supervision, the department does all it can to meet recommended practice in this area. Students have supervisors who regularly read and advise on their work and attend that student’s works-in-progress presentation. Work-in-progress sessions are regularly held and provide an opportunity for students to present their ongoing research to their peers, supervisors, invited members of academic staff and research students from other Schools in the University.

Support for students 

Students have dedicated study space within the School, accessing computers and the Internet. Research students are also offered advice on publishing and professional development by supervisors and through the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme, which involves stage-specific training sessions offered by the Arts Graduate Centre. There are opportunities for students to act as teaching assistants on undergraduate courses. In order to do this, students are required to take training courses run by the Graduate School in the year prior to such teaching and to attend the School’s teaching induction sessions. Teaching assistants are supported and monitored by the module convenors, the Chair of Teaching Committee and the Director of Research.


Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. 

Details of research supervisors can be found on the Department website.


Fees and funding

If you choose to study with us, there are various sources of funding to which you can apply. Some are administered by the school, others by research bodies to which the school has links, and others by the University and central government sources. These opportunities are often specific to particular degree programmes, or to the fee-status of a student, so it is important to read all related information very carefully.

Midlands4Cities funding

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.

How to apply to the University of Nottingham through Midlands4Cities

More information about additional sources of funding can be found on the following web pages.

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies funding pages

University of Nottingham Graduate School funding pages

Government loans for doctoral study

The Government recently introduced doctoral student loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent research programmes. Applicants must ordinarily live in England.

Doctoral training programmes

Linked to research councils, doctoral training programmes offer funding opportunities connected to our research priorities.

International and EU students

Research scholarships are available for outstanding international and EU students. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



Visit the Department page for additional opportunities

Average starting salary and career progression

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers.*

In 2016, 96.6% of postgraduates from the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £25,314 with the highest being £35,000.**

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research. 

** Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK..

Career prospects and employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia. 


This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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