Postgraduate study in Modern Languages

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QS World University Rankings 2021 Modern Languages Top 150

Are you ready to explore the connection between people and cultures? Our postgraduate programmes in Modern Languages will allow you to develop your career in translation and interpreting as well as further your research in to a variety of areas.


With expertise in French, German, Hispanic, Italian, Russian, Translation Studies, Comparative Literature and Sexuality and Gender Studies you will be studying in one of the top 150 Modern Language departments in the world (QS 2023). You will benefit from world-leading research in each of these areas and become part of a vibrant research environment.

The department has an excellent employability record, and the majority of graduates go on to successful careers. Find out about how our alumni have used the skills they developed studying Modern Languages at postgraduate level within their careers.

Our flagship programme is the flexible and industry ready MA in Translation Studies, which will allow you to discover the art of translation within a global community of translators. Our MA in English-Chinese Interpreting with Translation is ideal for those looking to embark on careers as professional interpreters, combining interpreting theory and practice - with teaching taking place in a state-of-the-art Interpreting Suite.

Our lively postgraduate community also offers excellent routes in to research within five European Languages: French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. 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 find your future supervisor here.

Postgraduate scholarships available

The College of Arts and Law is offering a range of scholarships for our postgraduate taught and research programmes to ensure that the very best talent is nurtured and supported.

Learn more about our scholarships

Hannah Hutchinson

The highlight has been being part of a vibrant multicultural environment with students from all over the world, enabling our lectures and seminars to become melting pots of opinions, approaches and ideas. The strong focus on practical skills and program of career talks from relevant industry professionals means that I feel far more prepared to start my career in this area.

Hannah (Read more about Hannah’s story)

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