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Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Germany Studies

Course type


Course Summary

One of the University's larger modern language subject areas, German has earned its place as a significant centre for research, with half of our research ranked as internationally excellent or world leading in the latest Research Assessment Exercise. The size of our graduate school means we are able to support a broad range of German and Austrian cultural and literary research themes, from the medieval period to the present.

Current interests include: 18th century and Romanticism studies; censorship studies; contemporary German literature; cultural and political studies and literary theory; gender studies; German and Austrian Jewish literature; identity studies; literature and culture of the German/Austrian fin-de-siècle; literature and culture of the Weimar Republic and the National Socialist era; migrant literature in German; palaeography and Medieval textual studies; post-Holocaust literature; post-war West and East German literary and cultural studies; the Medieval German epic; theatre and performance studies; travel writing; Turkish-German literature.

We promote the connection between language and culture through a number of extracurricular programmes, both formal and informal. You will have the opportunity to take part in our annual play, which is commonly a collaborative effort with a noted German author or playwright.

Different course options

Full time | The University of Edinburgh | 3 years | JAN

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

The fee for 2018-19 is £4,260. There will be slight increases in 2019-20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a UK 2:1 honours degree and a masters degree, or their international equivalents, in a related subject. Students with equivalent qualifications or experience will also be considered.

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