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MPhil Courses

The Section of German very much welcomes candidates for a master's degree (MPhil). It is the only German department in the UK which has always been placed in the top grade in research assessment exercises and can fairly claim to be the best in the country. The collegiate structure of the University also makes for a supportive environment.

The Section participates in all three of the MMLL Faculty's MPhil courses:

The Section has an officer responsible for postgraduate matters (PTEO), currently Dr Leila Mukhida (email: You may consult them for advice on any aspect of your postgraduate course.

The MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures

If you do not yet have a Master's Degree, the MPhil in European Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures, organised by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, could provide the ideal starting-point for your postgraduate work. The one-year course, examined by essays and a dissertation, consists of a core unit in critical theory and a choice of modules from various language areas. The German Section participates fully in the programme of subject-specific and interdisciplinary modules and can offer a wide range of expert supervision. Details of modules.

Academic queries about the MPhil in European and Comparative Literatures and Cultures should be directed to the Course Director for the M.Phil, see MPhil contacts.


The MPhil in Film and Screen Studies

For those who are interested in Film and Media, the MPhil in Film and Screen Studies, organised by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics, could offer another route into postgraduate work. This is a one-year course, examined by essays and a dissertation. It consists of a core unit in critical theory and a choice of modules from various areas of film and media. Members of the Section of German are involved in teaching the programme and can offer specialised supervision in German and comparative topics.

Academic queries about the MPhil in Film and Screen Studies should be directed to the Course Director for the MPhil, see MPhil contacts.


The MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics: The Germanic Pathway

The MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, organised by the Faculty's Section of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (TAL), caters both for students who want a course in linguistics generally, and for those who wish to specialise in the linguistics of certain language areas. All students are required to follow courses in 'Research Methods' and 'Linguistic Theory'. Beyond that, each student follows their own 'Study Plan', which allows the individual interests, needs, and strengths of the student to be met. This includes the possibility of specialising in specific language areas, such as Germanic. Further details.

The Section's adviser for Germanic interests in the MPhil in Linguistics is Dr Sheila Watts (email:


Further information:

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