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Modern Languages at King's achieved a 'power' ranking of 9th in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which assesses the quality of research across UK universities. Research expertise in German at King’s covers an exceptionally broad chronological and disciplinary range.

Our staff are specialists in their fields 

With eleven permanent staff members, all of whom are research active, we are committed to the full chronological range of literary studies in the German-speaking countries. We have further interdisciplinary research strength in German Screen Studies, History and Politics and Comparative Literature with a number of colleagues working across departments and faculties.

PhD in German 

Our PhD programme has grown to become one of the most dynamic in the UK with a current cohort of eighteen doctoral students. We offer a range of distinct PhD programmes, including those with opportunities for co-supervision in the UK and Germany. Our active research seminar provides a fortnightly forum at which staff and students come together in dialogue.


Research expertise in German covers an exceptionally broad chronological and disciplinary range. 

We have core strengths in the medieval and early modern periods, and further specialism on the long history of European thought with particular focus on the Goethezeit. With two members of staff working across German and Film Studies, our expertise includes film history, archive and documentary. Further foci include literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and cultural production in the GDR. 

Our major research strand ‘German in the World’ launched in 2011. It draws together colleagues working on colonial histories and legacies, transnational networks, multilingual poetics, as well as histories of displacement and post-migration cultures. In recent years, departmental staff have been awarded prestigious fellowships by the European and Arts and Humanities Research Councils, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Free University Berlin. King’s German enjoys particular success in attracting funding for our many PhD students through the London Arts & Humanities Partnership and international scholarships.

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9th in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework

Exceptionally broad chronological & disciplinary range

Co-supervision in the UK and Germany

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The Department of German at King’s has a vibrant postgraduate research culture, with doctoral candidates contributing to teaching and research.

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