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 from Medieval, Translation and Music Studies, to the interdisciplinary field of Sexuality and Gender 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.
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).
Research interests of staff include:
The Department fosters an interconnected vision of Modern Languages and our research explores how the study of languages, discourses, and cultures challenges how we understand and experience the world.
We have particular strengths in the following research areas where leading academics, who have extensive experience in supervising students, produce cutting-edge research.
Colonial and postcolonial studies
Digital humanities in modern languages
Exile and migration
Nineteenth century studies
Modern languages (audio-visual)
Sexuality and gender studies
For full research interests of staff, please read our staff profiles or visit the 'Research' tab on each programme's webpage.