The Modern Languages MPhil and PhD are research-based programmes. You can specialise in topics in the languages of: Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies. Specialism is also possible in translating and interpreting.
The Modern Languages MPhil, PhD is offered through the School of Modern Languages. We offer expert supervision in the following areas:
- Chinese translating and interpreting
- Chinese numerology, number and gender in nursery rhymes (Dr V Pellatt)
- cross-cultural studies between China and the West
- Chinese modernity studies
- modern Chinese literature and culture
- Chinese-English translation
- global Chinese diaspora studies
- Chinese-American studies
- cultural theory (Prof J Qian)
- 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
- independent documentary filmmaking
- gender and sexuality in Chinese media (Dr S Yu)
- contemporary women's writing (Dr Robson, Dr El-Maïzi)
- 19th century literature and culture (Prof Harkness, Prof Cross)
- dialectology (Dr Hall)
- French and Algerian cinema (Prof Austin, Dr Leahy)
- history, politics and gender (Prof Cross, Prof Harkness)
- language change (Dr Hall, Dr Waltereit)
- popular culture (media, sport, music) and public policy (Dr Dauncey)
- postcolonial cultures (Prof Austin, Dr El-Maïzi)
- trauma and culture (Prof Austin, Dr Robson)
- 20th century German and contemporary literature (Dr T Ludden, Dr B Müller)
- GDR literature and censorship (Dr B Müller)
- representations of the Holocaust and/or World War II (Dr B Müller)
- literature and philosophy - cultural and critical theory (Dr T Ludden)
- women's writing (Dr T Ludden)
- Medieval German and comparative literature (Dr E Andersen)
- morphological theory - morphology, phonology and dialectology of German and Dutch (Dr C Fehringer)
- gender studies (Dr G Hansen)
- popular culture, film and media studies (Dr G Hansen, Dr S Yoshioka)
- political studies (Dr G Hansen, Dr S Yoshioka)
- literary studies (Dr G Hansen)
Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies
- anthropology, anthropological linguistics and sociolinguistics of Latin America, including Quechua language (Prof Howard)
- semantics, philosophy of language, history and spread of Spanish in Latin America, Latin American dialects and Creole (Prof Mackenzie)
- political, social and intellectual history of Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially Brazil and Southern Cone (Prof Hentschke)
- history of education in Latin America in 19th and 20th century Latin America (Prof Hentschke, Dr Oliart, Prof Howard)
- discourses of race and identity in Latin America (Prof Howard, Dr Oliart, Dr Morgan)
- Latin American film, literature and theatre (Dr Page)
- Spanish and Latin American cultural history and popular culture (Dr Catala Carracso, Dr Morgan, Dr Oliart, Dr Fernández)
- Catalan nationalism (Dr Catala-Carrasco)
- Spanish novel (Dr Catala Carrasco)
Translating and Interpreting
We can offer supervision for projects involving English plus Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Quechua, Spanish, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.
Our research specialisms are:
- interpreting (Dr Y Chen, Dr M Jin, Dr V Pellatt, Dr F Wu)
- psycholinguistics of interpreting and translating (Dr M Jin)
- translating literature (Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
- translation and culture (Dr Y Chen, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
- translation and ethics, ideology and power (Prof R. Howard, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
- translation products, processes and strategies (Dr Y Chen, Dr M Jin, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
- translator and interpreter training and assessment (Dr Y Chen, Dr V Pellatt, Dr F Wu)
- reflective/autonomous learning and educational psychology (Dr Y Chen, Dr F Wu)
- audiovisual translation studies (Dr Y Chen)
Research staff in the School of Modern Languages work in a diverse range of fields from sociocultural, historical and political studies, to film and literature, linguistics and sociolinguistics. The School has strong links with interdisciplinary research centres and groups, including:
- Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences
- Research Centre in Film and Digital Media
- Gender Research Group
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies
- Postcolonial Research Group
You will also have the opportunity to attend festivals and conferences with a direct bearing on your course:
As a student in the School of Modern Languages, you will benefit from the Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Faculty research training programme. You will choose these research modules in consultation with your supervisors.
Up to £250 per year is available to support your attendance at conferences or for archival research. You can also request an inter-library loan allowance.
The School of Modern Languages is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) North East Doctoral Training Centre. Through training courses provided by these partnerships, you will gain knowledge and skills to undertake high-quality social science research.
These courses are delivered by the School of Modern Languages, with the possibility of joint supervision with other schools. You will carry out research in order to write a thesis on a topic proposed by you. You will work under supervision of two members of research staff.
You will mainly be based in Newcastle's city-centre campus. Attendance is flexible and agreed between you and your supervisors depending on the requirements of the research project.
Full-time students are expected to undertake 40 hours of work per week with an annual holiday entitlement of 35 days (including statutory and bank holidays). Part-time study requires a commitment of at least 20 hours per week.
You will have access to a dedicated quiet study space, as well as use of a common room with kitchen facilities. The School also houses the Language Resource Centre, with an extensive range of language learning facilities and resources, including:
- access to 24 satellite television channels from around the world
- listen and record facilities for speaking practise
- interactive language learning software
- an international film collection of over 800 titles
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Training & Skills
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.
Our Faculty Training Programme provides a community made up of postgraduate social sciences and humanities students and staff. It is a unique blend of cross-disciplinary and generic researcher development training, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing a solid basis for doctoral study.
Although your focus will be on your specialist study, our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment where staff and students from across the world can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training, which accredits the core foundation modules on the training programme.
You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite with purpose-built facilities for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software required for doctoral research in the social sciences and humanities. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences and we have a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.
Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership
Based at Newcastle University, Northern Bridge brings together the expertise and exceptional resources of Newcastle University, Durham University, Queen’s University Belfast and their partners for the training and development of outstanding arts and humanities postgraduate researchers.
Northern Bridge is funded by the AHRC to provide doctoral studentships and has been commended for the strength of its research base, shared vision, and its successful track record of partnership working.
Postgraduate Research Student Support
Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £4,800
Part time £2,400
Full time: £4,800
Part time £2,400
Full time: £15,600
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 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.
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English Language Requirements
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry:Not accepted
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
You need to submit a 1,000 word research proposal with your application. Read our guidelines for producing a research proposal (PDF: 41.5KB) from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Graduate School.
You also need to include a list of modules and marks for previous degrees.
If we short-list you, you'll need to attend an interview. We may conduct this via Skype if necessary. The interview will be arranged by your potential supervisory team and will involve a detailed discussion about your research proposal.
There are usually two possible start dates, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged:
There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.