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Department of German and Dutch

 

The PhD


Outline

If you already have a Master's Degree, or are able to start research without one, the Cambridge Department of German has an outstanding range of facilities and expertise to guide you through these years of research to the PhD. If you wish, you are likely to be given the opportunity of gaining experience in small-group teaching for colleges.

The Department of German and Dutch is the only such department in the UK which has always been placed in the top grade in research assessment exercises and can fairly claim to be the best in the country. The collegiate structure of the University also makes for a supportive environment.

The Department has an officer responsible for graduate matters, currently Prof Andrew Webber, Churchill College (network tel: 36211, e-mail: ajw12@cam.ac.uk). You may consult him for advice on any aspect of your graduate course.

In British universities the PhD ('Doctorate of Philosophy') is traditionally awarded solely on the basis of a dissertation, a substantial piece of writing which reports original research into a closely defined area of enquiry. Candidates for the PhD in Cambridge are guided by a supervisor, though they will normally also discuss their work with a number of other experts in their field.

The completion of a PhD dissertation is standardly expected to take three years, and most funding for PhD students is based on this assumption.

The Department welcomes applications for the part-time PhD course and enquiries should be directed to the Graduate Adviser (Prof. Andrew Webber, e-mail: ajw12@cam.ac.uk) in the first instance.

There is a regular Graduate Seminar and a Research Colloquium which brings together all members of the Department.

Professor Midgley offers an insight into graduate study at the Department 

(Video courtesy of Postgraduate Search TV)

 

Topics and supervisors

The Department welcomes PhD students, particularly those who wish to work on topics which fall within the specialist intersts of teaching members of the Department (see Teaching and Research Areas of German Staff).

 

Who should apply

The requirement for admission to the PhD is a strong honours degree in a relevant field, with clear evidence of research potential, and a distinction or equivalent in Masters / MPhil. 

 

How to apply

Prospective applicants should consult our graduate webpages for information on entry requirement, application deadlines, fees, funding opportunities, and further information relating to graduate study in MML.

UK applicants for the PhD usually seek funding from the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council), or the equivalent sources of grants for postgraduate humanities courses in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Applicants from abroad normally seek funding in their home countries or from various Trusts and College sources, information on which is provided on the Faculty graduate website. PhD registration begins in October, with funding deadlines in October, December and January for a start the following October. 

The Department also has some sources of funding for PhD students working in relevant fields.

Applicants for the PhD will, wherever possible, be interviewed by members of the Department in the Lent Term of the year in which they wish to begin their graduate studies. The interview will seek to establish not only the suitability of the candidate, but the most appropriate procedure for supervision and library work.

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