German

Postgraduate study

Explore your own area of interest and expertise in German studies in a Masters by Research or PhD programme.

What's it like to study German here?

One of the University of Edinburgh’s larger Modern Language subject areas, German has earned its place as a significant centre for research, supporting a broad range of cultural and literary research themes, from the medieval period to the present.

Join our community and undertake a specialised research project under the guidance of experienced and well-published supervisors. We supervise Masters by Research (MScR) and PhD students.

If you are looking for taught study, our team contribute to a number of interdisciplinary masters programmes such as Intermediality, Comparative Literature, and Translation Studies.   

As part of our community, you will have lots of opportunities to share ideas, learning and creative work. Activities range from a regular seminar series in European Languages and Cultures (with talks by staff, research students and visiting speakers), to film screenings, workshops, and the publication of our esteemed Edinburgh German Yearbook.

Collections and resources

The University of Edinburgh contains exceptional resources for study and research in German, including the expansive Karin McPherson collection of GDR writing.

Based in the Main University Library, our Centre for Research Collections is unique in the UK, bringing together a collection of more than 400,000 rare books, six kilometres of archives and manuscripts, and the University’s collections of art, historical musical instruments and other objects.

As a student here, you’ll also be within a short walk of the National Library of Scotland, which has outstanding German-language holdings and is a copyright library, meaning it has the right to receive a copy of every book published in the UK and Ireland.

We maintain close links with the Goethe-Institut in Glasgow, one of an international network of centres promoting German language and culture, and with the German Consulate here in Edinburgh.

What can I study?

MSc by Research in German

Combining training in research skills and methods with your own supervised research, this Masters programme enables you to explore an area of interest in German studies through assessed coursework and a 60-credit dissertation of 15,000 words.

Full-time, one year (all students) ꟾ part-time, two years (eligibility criteria apply)

Find out more about our research areas and apply for this programme on the University of Edinburgh Degree Finder

PhD in German

Join our community and undertake a specialised research project under the guidance of experienced and well-published supervisors. Working with colleagues elsewhere in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, and across the wider University, we are able to support PhD theses crossing boundaries between disciplines and/or languages.

Full-time, three years (all students)  ꟾ part-time, six years (eligibility criteria apply) 

Find out more about our research areas and apply for this programme on the University of Edinburgh Degree Finder

 Interdisciplinary taught masters programmes

 Find a taught masters programme in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC)

QS World Rankings by Subject 2021

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The University of Edinburgh is ranked 3rd in the UK for Modern Languages.

We are also 3rd in the UK in the broad subject area of Arts & Humanities.

Globally, we place 11th in the world for Arts & Humanities, 13th for Modern Languages.

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings are based on research citations and the results of major global surveys of employers and academics.

They are International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) approved.

Entrance requirements, fees, funding and more...

You can find out about entrance requirements, start dates, fees and scholarship opportunities for all our programmes on the University of Edinburgh’s Degree Finder. Degree Finder links straight through to EUCLID, the online system for applying to postgraduate programmes at the University. 

Applications to start a taught masters programme in September 2021 are now open.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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Are you currently studying with us?

There’s lots more information on our pages for continuing postgraduate students.

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Related links

Edinburgh German Yearbook

The Karin McPherson Collection