Lusophone Studies is part of the Modern Languages research cluster, which provides a vibrant environment for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship. Recognised as a centre of excellence for research into the languages, literatures, histories, linguistics, visual cultures, and cultural identities of Europe and beyond, the cluster is founded on a dynamic and forward-looking research ethos.
Within this cluster, Lusophone Studies aim to promote cutting-edge research and debate across a variety of areas relating to the Portuguese-speaking world, with particular emphasis on Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa. Areas of specialism include digital culture, gender studies, postcolonial literatures and film, and urban cultural studies. The PhD programme promotes interdisciplinary and cross regional collaboration in the training and supervision of graduate students.
Staff are actively involved in two cross-subject research fora, focusing on Latin American Studies and Postcolonial Studies. All staff and postgraduates participate in international conferences and are encouraged to become involved, where appropriate, in international networks. Amongst other networks, staff in Lusophone Studies are involved in the Digital Latin American Cultures Network and the Lusophone and Hispanic Caucus of the African Literature Association.
For more information about the research interests of individual members of staff in Lusophone Studies, please see our staff profiles
Mode of study/duration
Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).
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Queen's is a very exciting place to be researching about the Portuguese-speaking world as this is a growing area here. The Modern Languages research cluster offers an interdisciplinary, outward-looking and open-minded research culture which is able to nurture and accommodate a diverse range of objects of study, approaches, and methods.
Lecturer in Brazilian 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
Representations of heroism
We also have a strong record in supervising comparative and interdisciplinary theses across the different languages and disciplines represented in the School of English, Arts and Languages and with other Schools in the University. A number of research projects have recently been funded by the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership and by the DEL Strategic Priority Studentship scheme.
People teaching you
Dr Tori Holmes
A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. While a Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) is not essential, it is desirable and applicants without this qualification will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
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Fees and Funding
Northern Ireland (NI) £4,327 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £4,327 Other (non-UK) EU £4,327 International £16,300
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.
How do I fund my study?PhD Funded Opportunities
Find PhD funding opportunities and studentships by subject area.Doctoral Training Centres at Queen's
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Queen's has seven outstanding competitive Doctoral Training Centres, with each one providing funding for a number of PhD positions and more importantly a hub for carrying out world class research in key disciplines.New UK PhD loans
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The UK Government will introduce new doctoral loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes from 2019. Loans will be offered to English-resident students to study all types of doctorate at universities across the UK.International Scholarships
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Information on scholarships for international students, is available at www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships.
How to Apply
Find a supervisor
If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.
To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.
You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.
Fees and Funding