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I couldn’t imagine a better place to pursue my PhD…wonderful teachers, a stimulating environment, regular research seminars that give the opportunity to gain knowledge about the latest findings in the field…all you need to thrive as a scholar and as a human being!

Laura (September 2020)

German at Cambridge is an extremely supportive and rewarding environment in which to pursue doctoral study. The range and quality of supervision is excellent, and there is a warm personal and intellectual atmosphere between staff and students. Library and study resources at Cambridge are second to none, and the regular research seminar and range of events (screenings, talks, etc.) is stimulating. The section has well-established links to universities in Berlin and Chicago for research abroad, and offers strong support for activities at other institutions. I’ve had a wonderful time doing my PhD here.

Syamala (September 2020)

I can hardly imagine a more supportive, inclusive, and intellectually stimulating PhD experience than the one offered in the German section at Cambridge. Academic excellence and rigour here is paired with sincere concern for broader societal questions as well as students’ wellbeing and development. Together with the inspiring environment of the university as a whole, this has made for an outstanding research experience.

Melina (September 2020)

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3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of German and Dutch This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
May 16, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Lent 2023

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2022
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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