Postgraduate degrees

Edinburgh offers a range of postgraduate degrees in German.


Most postgraduates study first for an MSc, choosing either the MSc by Research in German Studies or one of our taught interdisciplinary degrees.

The MSc by Research is designed for students who want to focus on their own independent research project, while the taught MScs allow students to explore a wider range of topics through a core course and two options, combining research with seminar work. Both degrees culminate in a 15,000-word dissertation.

The structure of the MSc by Research can be seen by looking at the Degree Programme Table.

Taught MSc

The LLC Graduate School offers a variety of taught interdisciplinary degrees, such as Comparative Literature, Theatre and Performance Studies or Translation Studies. Staff from the German section contribute actively to these interdisciplinary degrees.


Many of our MSc students proceed to doctoral work in German here at Edinburgh, and we equally welcome graduates from other universities to our PhD programme.

As we have six research-active members of staff, we can supervise a broad range of topics, from gender, race and identity, to literary history, textual editing, theatre, translation, and cultural and comparative studies. Chronologically, we cover both Medieval Studies and the eighteenth century to the present.

Please see staff pages for more information on our research interests and expertise.

Staff in German


I am retired so the PhD did not shape my career but it has awakened an interest which continues to give me pleasure in retirement. I particularly enjoyed the feeling that I was presenting a piece of history in a new light.

Pat HarkinPhD in German, 2010

How to apply

You can apply online for any of our research degrees in German.