Germany today is the political, economic, artistic and intellectual powerhouse of the European Union. Knowledge of the mother tongue of 100 million people has never been more important for governments, businesses and private citizens. 

At St Andrews, you can follow your own particular interests by choosing from a broad range of course options that reflect and explore the rich cultural heritage of the German-speaking lands, including:

  • medieval studies 
  • linguistics
  • film
  • intellectual history 
  • literature and society from the 18th century to the present day.
Brandenburg gate at night by Arne Hückelheim [CC BY-SA 3.0 (]


Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

The School of Modern Languages offers PhD, MPhil, and MSt (Res) research programmes. Research interests in the School cover many aspects of language studies, including:

  • literature
  • linguistics
  • cinema
  • history
  • gender
  • identity studies. 

To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.

"Studying German here is a wonderful experience – there is always an exciting aspect of the language, history, or culture to explore. The constant support of staff, coupled with the opportunity to study with students from all over the world in small classes, creates a very welcoming atmosphere both in and outside the classroom."

- Glasgow, Scotland


First in Scotland and second in the UK for languages and linguistics

Guardian University Guide 2023

First in Scotland for German

The Complete University Guide 2023

83% of research activity rated 3* or 4*

Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)