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The School of Modern Languages offers specialist research supervision for MPhil and PhD degrees (both full-time and part-time) across the full range of its constituent disciplines. As a PhD student in the School, you will be joining a growing and supportive community of academic staff and students and will have access to study facilities and training opportunities which are amongst the best in the sector.  We are currently offering a Postgraduate Research Skills Day in Medical Humanities and you can find more details here.

We have specialists working in a variety of areas, from the Medieval Renaissance and Early Modern periods to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including literary studies, cinema, postcolonial studies, linguistics, translation studies and gender studies.

French Studies

  • Linguistics
  • Literature and visual cultures
  • Nineteenth-century novel and poetry
  • Popular culture
  • Postcolonial literature and theory
  • Renaissance studies
  • Travel and migration
  • Twentieth- and twenty-first century French and Francophone literature and film
  • War and memory studies

Irish and Celtic Studies


  • Enlightenment studies
  • Golden Age literature and culture
  • Latin American studies
  • Colonial Latin America
  • History of medicine
  • Representations of the feminine in twentieth-century women's writing and art
  • War and memory studies
  • Postcolonial Literature and Theory (Portugual & East Timor)
  • Twentieth-century Spanish poetry 

Lusophone Studies

  • Digital culture in Brazil
  • Representation of urban Brazil (particularly the favelas of Rio de Janeiro)
  • Contemporary Brazilian documentary film
  • Postcolonial literatures, cultures and film in Portuguese-speaking Africa
  • Comparative literature and film
  • Gender studies
  • Representations of heroism



  • Translation for Performance
  • Audio-Visual Translation
  • Literary Translation
  • Translation and Ethics
  • Translation and Linguistics
  • Translation of Sacred Texts
  • Cultural Translation


  • Interpreting and Ethics
  • Interpreting and the Law
  • Historiography of Interpreting
  • Interpreting and Linguistics

We welcome applications for the degrees of M.Phil. and PhD and opportunities for collaboration in any of the areas set out above. We also have a strong record in comparative and interdisciplinary supervision and research. Please see our list of Completed PhD Theses for examples of past projects.

For further information on staff research interests and publications, and information on areas where staff can offer MPhil and PhD supervision, please consult our staff profiles.

Click here to submit an online application.