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German Studies PhD - 2014 entry | The University of Manchester
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German Studies PhD

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Degree awarded
36 months full-time, 72 months part-time
Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials. 

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
There is no limit on the number of places available.
How to apply

For details of how to apply, go to: Apply online

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

Manchester is one of the leading research centres for German Studies in the UK. 55% of its research was deemed 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and, in the volume and quality of its research, the Department was rated third out of 29 in the country.

Staff research interests include modern German history, film, literature and cultural studies, and range from the 19 th-century to the present day.

Recent PhD projects supervised in the Department include studies on:

  • Early 20 th-century Design (Lief's project )
  • The Ottoman Armenians in the German Media
  • Melusine figures in Theodor Fontane
  • Disability in Contemporary German Women's Writing
  • Holocaust Education
  • Gertrud Kolmar
  • Turkish-German Literature and Film
  • Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary German Culture
  • Architecture and Dictatorship...

A lively research culture is maintained through regular research seminars, PhD fora, masterclasses, and academic conferences, often in collaboration with other disciplines, such as `Mapping, Framing and Visualising Cultural Spaces Under Dictatorships' (2010) with Italian Studies, `Bourdieu and the Public Intellectual: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives' (2011), and `Translating Science' (2012), both in collaboration with the Centre for Translation Studies.

Manchester participates in a national consortium of PhD Summer Schools supported by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), and will host the Summer School in 2014.

The University of Manchester Library is one of the best libraries in the country with excellent electronic access to resources, and the Special Collections of the John Rylands Library are a particularly rich research resource.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,996
    International students (per annum): £14,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,998
    International students (per annum): £7,000

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.


British and EU students intending to take a research degree (MPhil or PhD) in the School are eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). AHRC grants are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students. Please see the School website for further details.

The School also offers a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which will be posted on the School website in January.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 275 3559
+44 (0)161 275 3031

Academic department overview

See: About us

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