Modern Languages

At Newcastle, the School of Modern Languages groups together world-class research expertise in the cultures, languages and societies of East Asia, Europe and Latin America.


• State-of-the-art interpreting suites and language labs
• Film archive with over 3000 titles
• On-campus Language Resource Centre  with TV, digital and other resources in over 50 languages
• Close links with local organisations including Northern Stage, Théâtre Sans Frontières, and the Tyneside Cinema

MA Programmes

We run innovative MA programmes (see degree list below) in
• Translating and Interpreting (Chinese),
• Professional Translating for European Languages,
• Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies (taught with the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology)
• Film, Theory and Practice (taught with the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics)

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

MPhil, MLitt and PhD Study

We offer supervision to students undertaking research in:

• cultural studies
• film studies
• history
• politics and society
• linguistics, literature and translation and interpreting in: Chinese, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

In addition we offer some research opportunities for students wishing to work with Catalan, Dutch, Japanese and Quechua.

We also co-supervise students within the Schools of English Literature, Language and Linguistics ; History, Classics and Archaeology ; and Geography, Politics and Sociology.

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

Your study Experience

We offer an excellent research environment for postgraduate students. You will be fully integrated into the research culture of the School of Modern Languages, contributing to our own seminar series, as well as the other research groups in which we are involved, including:

• Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences
• Research Centre for Film and Digital Media
• Northern Media Research Group
• Latin American Studies Network North
• Confucius Institute for the Promotion of Chinese Culture and Language
•  Instituto Camões for the study of Portuguese language and culture
• Association for Studies in French Cinema


We offer a number of funding opportunities for MA and PhD study and details of these can be found on the school’s funding webpages.

Research students receive a funding allowance for archive visits and to attend conferences and research workshops. In addition to research skills training, students can undertake training for teaching, and where possible, students are offered teaching experience.


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