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Cardiff University School of Modern Languages - PhD Opportunities

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Profile Description

School of Modern Languages is an inter-disciplinary centre of excellence and one of the largest and most dynamic Schools of its type in the UK. It has achieved international excellence in the comparative research of European cultures, history, politics, policy and political ideas. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the School appears in the first quartile on all major indicators, and ranks 2nd in the UK according to Research Power (one of the accepted measures). Since 2001 the School has attracted over £650,000 in research funds.

We are international in outlook, but we have strong links with our local community and recognise the advantages we have, living and working in the capital city of Wales.

Research at the Cardiff School of Modern Languages
Research in the School is focused in three areas covering Histories, Memories and Fictions of Europe; Political Theory and European Governance; Identity and Public Policy. The School also has five designated research centres which focus on Welsh Governance, British Idealism, European Film & Visual Cultures, Ideology Critique and Modern German History.

The School publishes the following journals: New Readings, research papers on the themes of European languages, literatures and critical theory and Tesserae, the leading journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies in Britain.

The PhD Programme
The School offers full and part-time PhD and MPhil opportunities, with supervision available across the following broad themes:

• Culture and Identity (PhD/MPhil)
• European Studies (PhD/MPhil)
• Global Area Studies, History and Ideologies (PhD/MPhil)
• History and Memory (PhD/MPhil)
• Language and Translation Studies (PhD/MPhil)
• Literature and Visual Cultures (PhD/MPhil)

The School offers a strong, vibrant and intellectually stimulating environment within which to pursue postgraduate research, underpinned by a dynamic and forward-looking research ethos. Postgraduate researchers hold a monthly Research in Progress seminar to discuss issues relating to their work, and the School also provides teaching opportunities to support the development of its postgraduate researchers as future academics.

Funding Opportunities
The School offers a number of studentships annually to support postgraduate study. In addition, the University has been awarded a number of AHRC Postgraduate Studentships in relevant subject areas via South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. The Cardiff School of Modern Languages also holds recognition in Language - Based Area Studies from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre. Funding opportunities can be found in the University's Funding and Scholarship Search database at

The following funding opportuities open for application can be found here;

ESRC PhD in Small-State Diplomacy or in a related area (PhD Studentship)

ESRC PhD EU Maritime Capacity-Building in Africa or in a related area (PhD Studentship)

PhD in Modern Languages (PhD Studentship)

How to Apply
Applicants should contact the School in the first instance, then submit an online application. Information on the application process can be found at

Information on Entry Requirements can be found at

PLEASE NOTE : The deadline for applications is the 27th April.

Further Information
Cardiff School of Modern Languages

Tel: +44 (0)29 2087 0824
Email: [email protected] 

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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