About the Programme
About German PhD
Latest REF rankings: The Modern Languages departments are ranked 9th in the REF's power rankings which take into account the quantity and quality of research activity, and performed well in terms of impact with 100% of their research rated as having an outstanding (4*) or considerable reach and significance.
Our PhD programme has grown in recent years to become one of the largest and dynamic in the UK. We now offer a range of distinct PhD programmes, including joint programmes that offer unique opportunities for co-supervision in the UK and Germany. The MPhil/PhD in German is based at King's College London, and leads to a PhD from King's College. Our Joint-PhDs with the Humboldt University of Berlin or the University of Stuttgart involve at least one year at our partner institutions in Berlin or Stuttgart, and lead to a Joint-PhD conferred by both institutions.
The department organizes individual training for graduate students, tailored to their specific needs. All postgraduate research students in the department attend a regular graduate research seminar that provides a forum to discuss practical, methodological and theoretical issues relating to their research. Students also participate in a full programme of training events run under the auspices of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) doctoral training partnership, the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). Students also attend the relevant research training workshops offered by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, the Centre for Doctoral Studies and the Institute of Modern Languages Research.
The Joint-PhD is an innovative integrated programme that offers unique opportunities for the very best PhD supervision in a pan-European context. The programmes offered provide candidates with the opportunity to divide their PhD study between two prestigious universities enjoying full supervision at both. While supervisions and regular graduate seminars enable students to construct a theoretical, historical and systematic framework for their research, the Joint-PhD also organizes international colloquia and workshops at which students can present and discuss their work with peers and academic staff across the institutions involved. The programme builds on an extensive network of existing institutional links, joint teaching experience and collaborative graduate programmes between King's and the partner universities.
Joint PhD with the Humboldt University, Berlin
The programme builds on an extensive network of existing institutional links, joint teaching experience, emerging research collaborations, and collaborative graduate programmes between King's and the Humboldt. Current and recent research projects include studies on Queer Theory, the Modernist Novel, female sexuality in medieval writing, and multilingual German literature.
Joint PhD with the University of Stuttgart
This well-established tri-national PhD programme leads to the award of a Joint PhD. It provides candidates with the opportunity to divide their PhD study between two prestigious universities, and to access resources at partner institutions including the German Literature Archive in Marbach and the Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation. Recent and current research projects include the internationalization of satire in Early Modern texts; history, translation and poetics in early 20th-century texts; the international reception of contemporary German bestsellers; the global dissemination of theories of totalitarianism; existentialism in postwar German literature; and the role of journals in the dissemination of poetics.
Free language tuition at King's
All research students in any discipline at King's can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages with the Modern Language Centre without any additional cost.
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