PhD and MPhil research

logo track changesResearch supervision for MPhil or PhD is available in all areas of interest of members of staff. We also welcome exciting new proposals. Do not hesitate to get in touch and discuss your plans with us informally before you apply.

Our lively and close-knit postgraduate community currently consist of the following candidates:

  • Katherine Calvert: New women and mothering: literary portrayals of motherhood in Weimar Germany 
  • Jade Johnson: A comparative interpretation of Swiss identity as constructed in late 19th century writing
  • Ben Lewis: Spengler in context: beyond the decline of the west
  • Sarah Muller: Young people's multilingual repertoire and language in education policy in Luxembourg
  • Cydney Sturgess: women's lesbian networks in early 20th century Germany and the Netherlands

Part of a wider community

blogs postgraduatesAs postgraduate students are not only active within the Department of Germanic Studies, but are also part of the research community of the School of Languages and Cultures. Our SLC postgraduates are involved in projects covering a wide range of disciplines, including linguistics, literary theory, philosophy, history and social science. All our postgraduate students are invited to share their view on the SLC postgrad blog. The blogs also act as a forum for students and members of the public to share advice and to facilitate more collaboration within the School and beyond.

Even wider still there is the research community of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. In addition to attending regular research seminars and (postgraduate) conferences, our students are active contributors to and editors of Track Changes, the Postgraduate Journal of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. We want to offer you a vibrant and inclusive research climate through a wide range of research activities.

Projects and Supervision

The areas of special interest include:

  • 19th and 20th century literature
  • Social and cultural history and cultural studies
  • Literary, social and cultural theory
  • Gender studies and women's studies in German and Dutch
  • Luxembourgish and Luxembourg studies
  • Germanic sociolinguistics and pragmatics
  • Comparative Germanic linguistics
  • Modern Dutch Literature
  • Postcolonial and Migration Literature

Entry Requirements

A good Honours degree in German/Germanic Studies or in a discipline which includes a major German/Germanic Studies component is our normal requirement.

We will consider applications from candidates with other qualifications who can provide evidence of strong motivation for research in Germanic Studies.

Admission for MPhil/PhD is normally on the basis of consideration of a research proposal of 800-1000 words, a sample of recent written work, and (where possible) an informal interview.

The interview will give you a chance to meet your potential supervisor and fellow students, view the DepartmentĀ“s facilities, and discuss matters such as funding, study resources and accommodation.

Contact us

Enquiries should be made informally in the first instance to:
Ms Claire Leavitt
Research Support Officer
The University of Sheffield,
School of Languages and Cultures
Sheffield S3 7RA
Telephone: 0114 222 4398
email: c.leavitt@sheffield.ac.uk