Modern Languages MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £11,380 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

We offer expert PhD supervision in the general areas described below:

Chinese translating and interpreting; Chinese numerology, number and gender in nursery rhymes (Dr V Pellatt). Contemporary society, especially identity, ethnicity and religion; minority nationalities (eg. Xinjiang or Uyghur studies); Chinese state or popular nationalism and national identity; Islam in China; performing arts, music cultures and popular culture in mainland China (Dr J Smith Finley).  Transnational Chinese cinema, stardom, independent documentary filmmaking, gender and sexuality in Chinese media (Dr Sabrina Yu).

Algerian cinema; French cinema, especially stardom, genre, film history, cinematic space (Prof G Austin, Dr S Leahy). Contemporary women’s writing; trauma studies; textual genetics; modern literature; francophone studies (Dr K Robson, Dr M El-Maizi, Prof G Austin). French linguistics, especially semantics and pragmatics (Dr R Waltereit). Historical studies: nineteenth century political ideas; epistolary studies; gender studies and history of feminist and socialist political movements (Prof M Cross). Politics, society, media and popular culture (Dr H Dauncey).

German literature and politics post-1945; comparative literature and literary theory; GDR literature and censorship; Holocaust narratives (Dr B Müller).  Twentieth-century and contemporary German literature; literature and philosophy; cultural and critical theory; women's writing (Dr T Ludden).   Medieval to early modern German Literature; Northern German mysticism; Arthurian romance; manuscript transmission and visual culture; comparative medieval literature (Dr E Andersen; Prof H Lähnemann).  Morphological theory; morphology, phonology and dialectology of German and Dutch (Dr C Fehringer).

Japanese literature, Edo-period popular culture, Japanese textual scholarship (Dr Laura Moretti).

Linguistics, Speech and Communication 

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Anthropology, anthropological linguistics and sociolinguistics of Latin America including Quechua language (Prof. R Howard).  Basque and Catalan nationalisms (Dr A Davies, Mr Jorge Catala-Carrasco).  Discourses of race and identity; participatory politics and democracy (Dr Rosaleen Howard, Nick Morgan).  History and politics, anthropology, and sociology of Latin America (19th and 20th centuries) (Prof. J Hentschke, Dr Nick Morgan, Dr P Oliart).  Linguistics: semantics; philosophy of language; history and spread of Spanish in Latin America; Latin American dialects and Creoles (Prof. I Mackenzie).  Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish novel (Mr Jorge Catala-Carrasco).  Popular culture of contemporary Latin America; cultural studies (Dr Nick Morgan, Dr P Oliart, Mr Jorge Catala-Carrasco).  Spanish and Latin American cultural history; graphic humour, caricature, comics (Mr Jorge Catala-Carrasco).  Spanish and Latin American film (Dr A Davies).

Translating and Interpreting

In addition to the interests in cinema listed above, the School has expertise in cinema more generally, including interests in star studies, gender and film, audiences, genres (particularly thriller and vampire films), auteurism; and much of our research intersects with aspects of Hollywood and British cinema. There are also opportunities for joint supervision with researchers in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, and in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.

For further details including staff specialisms, please visit our website or request our programme and section-specific flyers. 

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

There are regular research seminars and a Faculty postgraduate conference into which postgraduates are fully integrated. The School also hosts regular research seminars in which leading international researchers present their research.

Our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School provides training in professional/key skills and research methods, supports personal development, and hosts postgraduate events. We offer financial support for attendance at national and international conferences. We normally offer PhD students undergraduate teaching as part of their training and to supplement their income.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree and normally a good master’s degree in a subject related to one of the discipline areas covered by the School of Modern Languages.

Applicants are required to attend an interview, which may be conducted via Skype if necessary.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply. In your application, you must include a 500-word research proposal and a list of modules and marks for previous degrees. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

There are two possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 22 September 2014

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Lucy Brickwood
School of Modern Languages
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5867

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Modern Languages