Doctoral study in German
Why study with us?
As a doctoral candidate, you'll benefit from: financial support for research expenses through PReSS funding; high-calibre supervision practices; and the networks and expertise of our world-class academic researchers.
We welcome PhD research proposals in areas such as:
- Modern German literature
- German Jewish writing
- The influence of psychoactive substances on literary creativity
- German drama
- The German connection with New Zealand and the Pacific
- Teaching and learning of German as a foreign language
- Digital media in language learning
- Learner autonomy
- Classroom interaction research
We combine innovative approaches to teaching with research interests in literature, language teaching, film, theatre and cultural studies.
Past research topics
- "Sauerkraut and salt water: The German-Tongan diaspora since 1932" | Supervised by Emeritus Professor James Bade and Associate Professor Damon Salesa
- "The representation of immigration in a museum context in New Zealand" | Supervised by Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Rankin and Emeritus Professor James Bade
- "'The seventies meet the twenties': Charlotte Wolff as writer, public figure and 'period piece'" | Supervised by Emeritus Professor James Bade and Associate Professor Friedrich Voit
- "'The paradise of the Southern Hemisphere': The perception of New Zealand and the Māori in written accounts of German-speaking explorers and travellers 1839-1889" | Supervised by Emeritus Professor James Bade and Associate Professor Friedrich Voit
Scholarships and awards
There are several scholarships you may be eligible for when you decide to pursue your PhD in German:
Help and advice
For help with enrolling in your PhD you can contact the Arts Students' Centre.
If you would like to discuss your plans for your doctoral research you can contact our PhD Adviser.