German - Research

The German Department offers research opportunities relating to all German-speaking countries and the theory and practice of teaching German as a foreign language. Other particular areas of research include travel writing, intercultural encounter, German-Jewish studies, contemporary women's writing and postcolonial studies.

Entry requirements

Candidates normally must have a Masters degree with at least a 2.1 in German, or equivalent. For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. Applicants are advised to contact the Department to discuss their research topic before submitting an application.


MHO02 PhD 4 years Full-time
MHO03 PhD 6 years Part-time
MHO04 MLitt 2 years Full-time
MHO05 MLitt 3 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Postgraduate Coordinator: Dr Arnd Witte
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3717


Maynooth University is one of the main centres of research in the study of modern languages, literatures and cultures in Ireland, offering MA programmes and MLitt and structured PhD studies in each of the constituent disciplines. In addition to French, Spanish, German and Chinese; Dutch, Portuguese, Catalan and Breton are taught in the School. The SMLLC offers personal supervision and teaching by renowned experts in a wide variety of fields, innovative areas of research and a lively intellectual environment.

The Department of German has a very vibrant research culture and offers postgraduate students the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the main concepts of German language, literature and culture, based on the fundamental intellectual skills of analysis, reflection, conceptual and critical thinking.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Research areas

Research Interests
Maynooth University is one of the main centres of research in German studies in Ireland. The research profiles of staff members are very varied, covering all periods of German literature and including many aspects of German culture and history. To view the research interests within the Department please visit:

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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