Research into German culture, its literature, language and film, society, history and the environment.

Based in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, our research programmes in German are distinguished for research on:

  • Modern and contemporary German and Austrian studies
  • Post-war memory cultures in Austria and Germany
  • German and Austrian cinema from the early 20th century until the present day
  • Ecocritical and comparative approaches to German literature from the Romantic period to the present.

We have long-standing links with other programmes, particularly English, Film and Visual Culture, History and Politics.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MLitt, MPhil or PhD

Our Research

German research is centred on staff research interests and is integrated across research centres.


Dr Tara Beaney

Dr Beaney has a background in comparative literature, with a research focus on German literature from the Romantic period to the present day. Her first monograph Metamorphosis in Modern German Literature: Transforming Bodies, Identities and Affects (2016) examined how stories of radical bodily transformation can offer insight into threatened identities, attitudes towards bodily experience, and changing effective styles across the ninetieth and twentieth centuries. Her current research focuses on German literature and the environment.

Dr Katya Krylova

Dr Krylova’s research is focused on modern and contemporary German and Austrian studies. She is the author of two monographs: Walking Through History: Topography and Identity in the Works of Thomas Bernhard and Ingeborg Bachmann (2013; Winner of the 2011 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in German Studies) and The Long Shadow of the Past: Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture (2017; Winner of the 2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award). She is also the sole editor of the multi-authored book New Perspectives on Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture (2018).

Research Interests

The George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture

Researchers with an interest in visual culture broadly defined, including film, photography, art history, anthropology, music and sonification and museum studies are brought together by The George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture.

The George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture

Centre for Modern Thought

Graduate students take part in seminars, meetings with visitors, and other events and regularly interact with academics.

Centre for Modern Thought

Entry Requirements

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

International Applicants


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