Course Overview

The Discipline offers supervision in a wide area of German interests. Each student is assigned a primary Supervisor(s) and a Graduate Research Committee made up of experienced researchers to plan their programme of study and to provide on-going support to their research. The student is immersed in a vibrant research environment, with regular research seminars, workshops, conferences, guest speakers from Ireland and abroad, and readings by German, Austrian and Swiss authors.  

Students also have the opportunity to develop their practical skills, for example, by participating in German plays, classes on rhetoric and presentation skills and in particular by teaching undergraduate courses.
As part of the doctoral training available on the Structured PhD programme, students avail themselves of a range of interdisciplinary taught modules.  The wide menu of available options include modules that:

  • are discipline-specific in that they augment the student’s existing knowledge in their specialist area
  • are dissertation-specific in that they supply core skills essential to completion of the research project e.g. additional language skills
  • acknowledge a student’s professional development e.g. presentation of a paper at an international conference
  • enhance a student’s employability through generic training e.g. careers workshops, computer literacy.

Programmes Available

Structured PhD (German)—full-time
Structured PhD (German)—part-time


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have an honours degree in German; Second Class Honours, Grade 1 minimum (or equivalent international qualification).

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

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Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

  • Contemporary German literature and media
  • Gender Studies
  • Ecocriticism
  • Literature and psychology
  • Literary and cultural history of the dream
  • Autobiographical writing
  • Memory discourses
  • Literature and thought of German Enlightenment and Romanticism
  • GDR and post-Wende literature

Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€14,500 p.a. (€14,640 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information


EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy €140.

Contact Us

Professor H.-W. Schmidt-Hannisa
T: +353 91 492 239

What Our Students Say


Simone Klapper |   The Representation of Suicide in early 20th Century Literatu

As my dissertation is interdisciplinary I appreciate the opportunities to encounter new ideas in the various modules the Structured PhD Programme provides. Especially the chance to talk to students from other research areas is helpful to reflect upon my own approach.

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