You can study MLitt, MPhil and PhD in German within a thriving cross disciplinary research atmosphere. The Centre for Modern Through, and The Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and the Rule of Law bring together the interdisciplinary approach of this area.

The Department is part of the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture. It provides supervision for research leading to the degrees of MLitt, MPhil and PhD, within a thriving research atmosphere at both Departmental and College level.

An induction course on undertaking research in the Humanities is held at the beginning of each academic year.

We welcome interdisciplinary research involving more than one department: recent postgraduates have, for example, worked on topics combining German with Film and Visual Culture, Politics and Sociology.

The Centre for Modern Thought is a broad cross-disciplinary initiative, whose aim is to explore the ways in which contemporary philosophy and theory can most effectively address ethical and socio-political issues in the Modern World.

The Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and the Rule of Law brings together scholars interested in the meaning of limits of citizenship, civil society and the rule of law, and links between these ideas.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MLitt, MPhil or PhD

Our Research

The main strengths of the Department lie in the following areas:

  • German literature from 1800 onwards
  • German literature and cultural history
  • Romanticism and the Fantastic
  • National Socialism
  • Exile literature
  • Cultural Sociology

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MPhil or PhD must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

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Recent graduates of the Department have found careers in management, translating and interpreting, publishing, the academic world and television.

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Contact Details

School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
University of Aberdeen
King's College
AB24 3UB