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Modern Languages - Postgraduate Research Opportunities


About the Programme

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.

Arabic studies

Colonial and postcolonial studies

Digital humanities in modern languages

Exile and migration

French studies

German studies

Hispanic studies

Italian studies


Medieval studies

Memory studies


Nineteenth century studies

Modern languages (audio-visual)

Russian studies

Sexuality and gender studies

Translation studies

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

Funding Notes

Please visit the College of Arts and Law funding page for information on possible funding opportunities: View Website

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

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.10

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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