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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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.

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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...]

How to apply

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

Postgraduate Open Day: Saturday 10 March 2018, 10am-3pm


Join us on campus to hear first-hand from current students and staff about our postgraduate taught and research opportunities. The programme includes a Postgraduate Advice Lounge, Study Fair stands and a range of subject-specific events.

Find out more and register

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