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Crisis and Form in the Later Writing of Ingeborg Bachmann;
Duration Expected to be: MPhil two years FT, three years PT; PhD three years FT, four-six years PT. September to September, January to January or April to April.
Study mode Full-time,Part-time
Awarding institution King's College London/King's and Stuttgart/Sorbonne or Humboldt for joint programme
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Department of German
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Bachelor's degree with 1st class or 2:1 Honours (or overseas equivalent) in German Studies or a relevant subject, and preferably also a taught Master's degree. Students applying from Germany would be expected to have completed six semesters of study.
We encourage you to discuss research possibilities with the department prior to application - please do get in touch with us directly. A focussed research proposal (750 words) must be submitted with your application. You may also be asked to submit samples of your written BA work, relevant projects or MA dissertation. You should expect to be invited to an interview to discuss your research plans with your potential supervisor and another member of the department. Admission to our research programmes will initially be for the MPhil but we expect students to transfer to the PhD after an appropriate period, by agreement with their supervisor and the Departmental Postgraduate Research Committee.
Filling out the application forms for PhD courses and funding bodies is a time-consuming - and important – business. It’s important to remember that all postgraduates are interested in their courses and so course selectors and funding bodies are looking for evidence of the following to make their decision:
You will also be asked to supply references (usually two) both for your application for a place and for funding (remember to consult your referees before naming them and use this opportunity to alert them to the information most assessors will need in order to make their decision).
Applications are welcome from a range of disciplines in the Arts and Humanities. The PhD programme is bilingual and participants are expected to have a good or excellent knowledge of both English and German. If candidates wish to study for extended periods at the Sorbonne, competency in French is also expected. Applicants for the Joint PhD programme must contact the relevant departments at both universities before submitting an application in order to discuss the suitability of their topic for the joint programme and to locate potential supervisors. Applications should initially be submitted to the proposed home institution only, ie where the student will start and finish their programme. Students should note that acceptance onto the programme may take slightly longer than for single-institution PhDs because of the additional steps involved. Further details, including FAQs, can be found on the King’s Worldwide web pages.
Applicants who choose King’s as their home institution should apply through the online system, selecting the appropriate Joint PhD option from the drop-down list. In addition to the standard supporting documentation, applicants should submit a Travel Plan form indicating how they intend to divide their time between the two partner institutions. Students must spend a specified amount of time in each institution, details of which can be found in the ‘Notes’ section of the Travel Plan form.
It is recommended that students submit applications for the Joint PhD programme by the end of March to begin the following September.
The deadline for applications is detailed below for 2016 and 2017 entry. Prior to these dates all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After these dates applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.
April 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 19th February 2016 for UK/EU and international students.
September 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 29th July 2016 for international students and 2nd September 2016 for UK/EU students.
January 2017 entry - Application deadline will be on the 31st October 2016 for international students and 2nd December 2016 for UK/EU students.
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, the University of Stuttgart or the Sorbonne (University of Paris IV) involve at least one year at our partner institutions in Berlin, Stuttgart or Paris, and lead to a Joint-PhD conferred by both institutions.
Our current research students work mainly in cultural and historical studies from the Middle Ages to the present day, including literary studies, film and cinema studies; theatre studies; literary and cultural theory; and the history of ideas. In the field of literary and cultural studies, applications are further welcome from students with interests in the study of nation, identity and memory; gender; realism and modernism; the classical tradition; and comparative literature and performance. The Department's links with European Studies also provide an important focus for research on migrant communities; post-1945 political movements; gender and politics; international relations; European identities and German history.
As a research student, you will have designated primary and secondary supervisors, and most students will see their supervisor at least every two weeks during the first year of research. We will monitor your progress through termly written reports and annual reviews. You will be strongly encouraged to attend research seminars in the department and beyond, and expected to present your research in the departmental seminar at some point. We offer a dedicated study space for our postgraduate research students on the fourth floor of our Virginia Woolf building. Our students benefit from funds to subsidise student attendance at conferences, and to contribute towards research costs. As a student, you will also have access to the facilities of 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 research projects include studies on Queer Theory, the Modernist Novel, and multilingual German literature.
Joint PhD with the University of Stuttgart/University of Paris, Sorbonne (Paris IV)
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.
Applications are welcome from across the field of German Studies, including Comparative Studies with a substantial German element.
FAQs about joint PhDs can be found on the King’s Worldwide web pages.
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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU £4,600 p.a. (2016/17)*
Full time tuition fees – Overseas £17,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
Part time tuition fees - Home/EU £2,300 p.a. (2016/17)*
Part time tuition fees – Overseas £8,500 p.a. (2016/17)*
German Research with Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin
German Research with Paris-Sorbonne University
German Research with University of Stuttgart
*This tuition fee maybe be subject to annual increases.
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