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PhD Programs Graduate School Language & Literature Munich

The Graduate School of Language and Literature Munich was founded in 2013 with the goal of improving the basic academic conditions of all the doctoral and habilitation candidates in the subjects Linguistics, Literature, Language Education and Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Languages and Literatures of the LMU. It offers outstanding young researchers an excellent environment to advance their careers. The Graduate School unites all of the structures and programs that serve to educate young researchers. 

The Graduate School Language & Literature Munich provides innovative instruments of support also for post-doctoral researchers and is developing a qualification module that will enable selected Bachelor degree graduates to begin doctorate studies directly.

The following programs are seeking qualified applicants: 


The Class of Literature

The Class of Literature, integrated into the Graduate School Language & Literature Munich is one of the most renowned doctoral programs in its field in Germany and is supported by all faculties involved in literary studies at LMU Munich. The program offers a systematically structured curriculum with an emphasis on academic research, covering new ground both in terms of organisation and of professional specialization.

Applications are invited from highly qualified graduate students with experience in their field of work. Eligible applicants must have completed a Master's degree with thesis in one of the subjects related to the program. 

The application deadline is December 3, 2017

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The Class of Language 

The systematically structured doctoral program addresses highly qualified graduates in Linguistics who wish to obtain a doctoral degree in a research-oriented and interdisciplinary environment. Professors from 13 linguistic disciplines represent a broad and inter-related range of theoretical positions, methodological approaches and practical orientation. Doctoral dissertations comprise studies from a general linguistic viewpoint, comparative approaches, the investigation of a specific language (synchronic or historic), as well as studies of texts and discourses with a view to their institutional context, the social significance and impact of their language. Lectures, tutorials, symposia, guest lectures, workshops and doctoral colloquia introduce the research of the professors and doctoral candidates participating in the program as well as that of leading international experts. The program actively cooperates with other universities in the awarding of double degrees. International applications are welcome.

Applications are invited from highly qualified graduate students with a university degree in one of the following program subjects: General Linguistics and Language Typology, Theoretical Linguistics, Phonetics and Verbal Communication, Psycholinguistics and Science of Speech, English Philology / Linguistics, Romance Philology / Linguistics, Slavic Philology / Linguistics, German as a foreign language / Transnational German Studies, German Linguistics, Comparative and Indo-European Linguistics, Finno-Ugric / Uralic Studies, Albanian Studies.

Applicants must have knowledge in European academic languages (ideally three, one of which must be German).

The application deadline is December 3, 2017.

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The Class of Language Education

The doctoral program offers a research-oriented and integrated curriculum open to doctoral candidates in all language education majors of the Faculty of Languages and Literatures at LMU Munich. Professors from German and English language education, as well as romance and classical languages, present a wide spectrum of theoretical positions, research methodology approaches, and practical applications. The interdisciplinarity of the courses focuses on the processes and results of teaching and learning language, literature and culture in first, second, and foreign languages, both in and outside of school contexts. Dissertation projects can deal with historical, theoretical, or empirical questions in language, literature or media didactics, as well as classroom research. Participation in this program requires fluency in German.

Applications are invited from highly qualified graduate students holding a university degree in one of the following (didactic-oriented) subjects: English, American Studies, German, Romance Languages and Literatures, Classical Philology, Language Education Research. 

Applicants must have knowledge in European academic languages (ideally three, one of which must be German).

The application deadline is December 3, 2017.

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