German studies

The German studies curriculum at Monash is based on sound linguistic principles and is underpinned by the broad-ranging, interdisciplinary and contemporary research of our staff. The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and the Federal Republic (West Germany), as well as Austria and Switzerland are each important aspects of our teaching and research. This discipline benefits from productive relations with various German higher education bodies, including Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung and Goethe-Institut, the German cultural institute.

Teaching Program

The German studies program is designed to enable students to develop a high level of communicative competence in the German language and a critical awareness of fundamental areas of German studies: literature, cultural studies and linguistics. Students will develop writing and research skills appropriate to advanced independent study.

You will be taught by talented and enthusiastic native speakers, all of whom have extensive experience in language and university teaching. We use music, film, popular media and literature to assist you to improve your language skills and to gain an understanding of the history and culture of the German speaking countries.

We prepare our students for life-long learning, both academically and vocationally. Learning pathways extend from first year undergraduate subjects to honours and beyond.

Opportunities to study abroad can immerse students in the German language, and enable them to gain a critical understanding of significant moments in the development of German culture, history and politics.


Undergraduate studies

Master's by coursework

Graduate Research

Find out more about the Arts Graduate Research Program.

Complete an entry level test to determine which unit you will be placed in, and find out more on the language framework German studies page.


The following are the research strengths of German studies at Monash:

  • German literature from the early modern times to the present
  • German philosophy from Immanuel Kant to the present
  • German theatre and drama from early modern times to the present
  • Images and Imagination
  • Theory of authorship
  • Intersections between literature and philosophy
  • Mediology of theatre
  • Visual cultures
  • Psychoanalytic theory
  • Travel literature
  • Cultures of remembrance
  • History of ideas
  • Literature and scientific discourses



Our academics in German studies enjoy strong national and international profiles and pursue global interests. Several members of German studies have been recipients of Humboldt Foundation Fellowships and several of our colleagues are Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. View all staff.

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