Research Degrees in

Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics

in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities


The academic interests of our researchers straddle a wide range of disciplines, including film, literature, culture and linguistics, extending beyond Europe to the French and Spanish-speaking peoples worldwide, oriental cultures and communication; and community languages.

Our staff have strong international reputations and are:

  • regularly cited as being amongst the leading authorities in their respective fields
  • members of editorial boards
  • regularly invited to attend conferences as keynote speakers at prestigious events.

Languages offer supervision of research degrees in the following areas:

  • French: contemporary French cinema; modern and contemporary French fiction (especially the nouveau roman); autobiography; French popular culture and popular literature (especially the bande dessinée and noirfiction and film); symbolist aesthetics; French linguistics; translation studies.
  • German: modern and contemporary German literature; German media and popular culture; German crime writing and science fiction.
  • Italian: modern Italian society and culture; Italian female-authored writing; twentieth-century Italian fiction; contemporary Italian cinema; Italian crime writing.
  • Spanish: contemporary Spanish fiction and popular culture; contemporary Spanish cinema; contemporary Latin American literature and urban imaginaries; Lorca; Cervantes
  • Linguistics: applied and theoretical linguistics; Oriental cultures and communication; syntax studies.
Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.

→ How to apply for a distance learning PhD


Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.

How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application throughout the process.

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Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.

Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • You have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

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