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Profile Description

The Department of Modern Languages is home to internationally renowned researchers in a range of European and world languages and cultures. Our interests range from Western Europe to the Caribbean, Africa, and China, and from film, sexuality and gender, to postcolonial studies and translation studies.

The Department incorporates teaching and research across Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, with opportunities to pursue specialist, cross-disciplinary or interdisciplinary postgraduate study including Translation Studies and Sexuality and Gender Studies.

The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a thesis of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice under the expert guidance of an academic member of staff. The PhD, the most advanced research degree, comprises of a thesis of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice, again under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff.

You can study an MA by Research or PhD programme on campus or by distance learning. Please note that if you are studying with us by distance learning, there is a compulsory annual visit to campus (every two years for part-time PhD students).

In addition, we offer our Audio-Visual PhD. This programme gives you the opportunity to film and edit an hour-long documentary on your research, accompanied by a 30,000-word written defence. You will be co-supervised by the Departments of Modern Languages and Film and Creative Writing.

Research interests of staff include:

French Studies - ranges from the Renaissance to the contemporary period, focusing on the 18th century and after, with the preponderance in the 20th and 21st centuries.
German Studies - from the medieval period to the present day, and from traditional literary analysis to cutting-edge interdisciplinary approaches.
Hispanic Studies - spans medieval to modern, embracing the history, literatures and cultures of Spain, Catalonia, the Hispanic Caribbean, Spanish America, Portugal and Brazil. It also encompasses the disciplines of Linguistics, Translation Studies and Cinema.
Italian Studies - includes Italian politics; Italian media; Italian cinema; Italian literature and poetry; Medieval literature and Italian diachronic linguistics; cultural theory; and critical theory in Italy.
Russian Studies - includes 20th-century Russian literature and visual culture; Post-Soviet and Russian media; and translation studies.
Translation Studies - literary translation and reception; the history of translation; translation stylistics; corpus-based translation studies; translation and language change; adaptation; and genre and translation.
Modern Languages Audio-Visual - includes Spanish cinema, medieval German texts, gender and sexuality in Italy, the translation of texts from Arabic, contemporary French poetry and European migration.

For full research interests of staff, please read our staff profiles or visit the research interest tab on the programme's webpage.

Please visit the College of Arts and Law funding page for information on possible funding opportunities.

Funding Notes

There are a limited number of funding opportunities with the College of Arts and Law, however, competition for these scholarships is fierce and only those with the highest credentials are likely to be successful. For more information see:

Enquiries from self-funded students are also welcome.

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Modern Languages and Linguistics?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.10

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