Postgraduate study in modern languages

The Department of Modern Languages offers a range of Masters and Doctoral programmes which allow you to focus on work in one or more languages.

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Taught programmes

Colonial and Postcolonial Studies MA

Today's world has been shaped largely by the colonial experience: states, borders, languages, cultures and the imprint which empires, European and non-European, have left over centuries.

Colonial and postcolonial studies engage with the cultural and political history and legacy [more...]

Holocaust and Genocide MA/Diploma/Certificate

Co-taught by staff in History, Modern Languages and Theology and Religion, this interdisciplinary programme will immerse you in past and present debates about researching, remembering and commemorating the Holocaust and other genocides.

You have the opportunity to approach the [more...]

Translation Studies MA

Are you looking to develop your career as a professional translator?

Are you already a translator looking to further develop your skills? Or maybe you are interested in translation and cross-cultural communication as an area of research? 

Our innovative MA is designed [more...]

Combined research and taught programmes

Modern Languages MRes

This programme provides graduates with an outstanding opportunity to further both research and foreign language skills through a tailored programme which is unique in the UK. 

Graduates will carry out a research project of their choice, under the supervision of an expert, [more...]

Sexuality and Gender Studies MRes

The MRes in Sexuality and Gender Studies is an example of truly interdisciplinary collaboration, staffed by academics from a range of disciplines, each bringing their specific expertise to bear on the topics under discussion.

The programme introduces you to a range of [more...]

Research programmes

Our PhD degrees and MA by Research are available in 5 European Languages: French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. We have world-leading research in each these Languages and a really vibrant research environment: new and innovative research projects are constantly developed by staff and postgraduates, and there is regular programme of research seminars. We support students not only in research, but in giving successful papers and planning their careers – a much more holistic approach than that usually provided elsewhere. You can learn additional languages (see below), without any extra cost, as you do a PhD with us. Our research ranges from the medieval to the contemporary.

An academic member of staff will provide expert supervision.

CAL Graduate Languages: Reading Languages for Researchers

We now offer all of our postgraduate students the opportunity to develop their language skills, either for personal development or to support their research, via our Languages for All and Graduate Languages courses. Both schemes are completely free of charge to students in the College of Arts and Law. [more...]

Research interests of staff

If you would like to know more about our research and our staff, take a look at our research map

How to apply

Don’t forget that before you apply you’ll need to pull together your documents for application. 

All of our postgraduate students become part of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. Visit the website to find out more about its vibrant research community and top class facilities, as well as funding and scholarship opportunities