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Postgraduate research in Modern Languages

The School of Modern Languages offers the following research degrees:

  • MSt (Res), a research-based Masters degree. You will engage in a full-time research project and write a thesis of no more than 30,000 words. It is an excellent opportunity to spend a shorter time in a research environment either for a standalone degree or as preparation for a PhD.
  • MPhil, a combination of coursework and research. You will take two semesters of full-time taught courses or equivalent part-time study and assessments. This is followed by a thesis of no more than 40,000 words which you will prepare during the summer and the following year and submit by the end of the second academic session..
  • PhD (Doctorate), normally of three years duration leading to a thesis of no more than 80,000 words and an oral examination. During their first two years in Modern Languages, PhD students would typically participate in the School’s in-house training programme as well as in the “Observing teaching” exercise in order to develop their teaching skills, to enhance their employability and to be better prepared for the life of a professional academic.

All students are supervised and taught by renowned experts in their fields so they become part of a supportive and distinguished scholarly community.

Each Modern Languages postgraduate is provided with study space and computing facilities.

The School provides a stimulating intellectual environment, with:

  • four research institutes
  • frequent research seminars
  • international conferences and guest lectures
  • a close association with the international journal Forum for Modern Language Studies, published by Oxford University Press.