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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University Park Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    FEB, DEC

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Research overview

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
  • Romanticism
  • 19th-century narrative
  • novels and novellas
  • culture and politics in the Weimar Republic
  • Modernism and Postmodernism
  • 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.

Research areas

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.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Nottingham

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  • Campus address

    University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, England

The university offers a range of scholarships specifically for international applicants studying at any level.
A large number of courses at the university include a placement or work experience element, ensuring that students receive first-hand professional experience.
In September every year, the university runs a free welcome programme for new international students from outside the EU joining the University of Nottingham.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    12th out of 36 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 226
    140 69%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85 85%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.13 83%



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