The MPhil and PhD in Modern Languages are research-based programmes. They're offered by the School of Modern Languages. We provide expert supervision in the following areas:
• Ethnicity, Identity, Islam and Han settler colonialism, with a focus on Xinjiang, China (Dr Jo Smith Finley)
• Film, literature, media and representation (Dr Yu, Prof Qian)
• Modernity and modernisation (Prof Qian)
• Gender Studies (Dr Smith Finley, Dr Yu)
• Contemporary women's writing (Dr Henry-Tierney; Prof Jordan; Dr Robson)
• Linguistics (Dr Hall) and in particular French syntax (Prof Mackenzie)
• Sociolinguistics, language variation, language change (Dr Hall)
• French and Algerian cinema (Prof Austin, Dr Leahy)
• 19th to 21st century French and Francophone literature (Prof Harkness, Prof Jordan, Dr El Maizi)
• Gender studies (Prof Harkness, Dr Henry-Tierney; Prof Jordan; Dr Robson)
• Cultural Gerontology/Ageing Studies (Prof Jordan)
• Postcolonial cultures (Prof Austin, Dr El Maizi)
• Translation (Dr Henry-Tierney)
• Trauma and culture (Prof Austin, Dr Robson)
• Visual culture (Prof Jordan, Dr Jein)
• Urban Humanities: French urban cultures of the modern and contemporary period (Dr Jein)
• 19th and early 20th-century French labour history, especially the role of women (Dr Salin)
• Language learning and teaching in higher education (Dr Salin)
• 20th century German and Contemporary literature (Dr Ludden; Prof Muller, Prof Malkmus)
• GDR literature and censorship (Prof Muller)
• Representations of the Holocaust and/or World War II (Prof Muller)
• Literature and philosophy - cultural and critical theory (Dr Ludden)
• Women's writing (Dr Ludden)
• Morphological theory - morphology, phonology and dialectology of German and Dutch (Dr Fehringer)
• Environmental humanities and the Anthropocene (Prof Malkmus)
• Film, literature, media and representation (Dr Hansen, Dr Yoshioka)
• Popular culture (Dr Hansen, Dr Yoshioka)
• Gender Studies (Dr Hansen)
• Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American cultural history and popular culture (Dr Catalá-Carrasco, Dr Morgan, Dr Oliart, Dr Fehimović, Dr Beleza)
• Historical and contemporary discourses of race and identity in Latin America (Dr Oliart, Dr Morgan, Dr Fehimović, Dr Beleza, Prof Hentschke)
• Spanish American and Spanish Caribbean Latin American film, literature, and theatre (Dr Page, Dr Fehimović)
• Luso-Afro-Brazilian literature and film (Dr Beleza)
• history of education in 19th and 20th-century Latin America (Prof Hentschke, Dr Oliart)
• Youth cultures and social movements, music and politics (Dr Oliart, Dr Beleza)
• Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American novels (Dr Catalá-Carrasco, Dr Beleza)
• Political, social, and intellectual history of Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially Brazil and the Southern Cone (Prof Hentschke)
• Linguistics, and sociolinguistics of Latin America (Dr Cru)
• Diachronic Spanish syntax, Old Spanish, language change, and quantitative historical linguistics (Prof Mackenzie)
• Catalan nationalism (Dr Catalá-Carrasco)
• Film, literature and popular culture of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and its diasporas (Dr Fehimović)
• Lusophone environmental Humanities (Dr Beleza)
We can offer supervision for projects involving English plus Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.
Our research specialisms are:
• Interpreting (Dr Chen, Dr Jin, Dr Wu, Dr Du)
• Psycholinguistics of interpreting and translating (Dr Jin, Dr Lin)
• Sociolinguistics, discourse analysis in translation and interpreting (Dr Du, Dr Hall)
• Linguistic diversity and social justice (Dr Du)
• Translating literature (Prof Jones, Dr Henry-Tierney, Dr Lin)
• Translation and culture (Dr Chen, Prof Jones, Dr Lin)
• Translation and ethics, ideology, and power (Prof Jones, Dr Lin)
• Translation products, processes and strategies (Dr Chen, Dr Jin, Prof Jones, Dr Lin)
• Translator and interpreter training and assessment (Dr Chen, Dr Wu)
• Reflective/autonomous learning and educational psychology (Dr Chen, Dr Wu)
• Audiovisual translation studies (Dr Chen, Dr Henry-Tierney)
• Legal translation and legal and medical interpreting (Dr Du)
• Migration and multilingualism (Dr Du)
Our research staff work in diverse fields. This ranges from sociocultural, historical and political studies to film and literature, linguistics and sociolinguistics.
You'll benefit from the School's 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
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
An MPhil is available in all subject areas. You receive research training and undertake original research leading to the completion of a 40,000 - 50,000 word thesis.
A PhD is a doctorate or doctoral award. It involves original research that should make a significant contribution to the knowledge of a specific subject. To complete the PhD you will produce a substantial piece of work (80,000 – 100,000 words) in the form of a supervised thesis. A PhD usually takes three years full time.
How you'll learn
These courses are delivered by the School of Modern Languages, with the possibility of joint supervision with other schools. You'll carry out research to write a thesis on a topic proposed by you. You'll work under supervision of two members of research staff.
Subject to Covid-19 restrictions, you'll 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 typically 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'll be assessed through a combination of:
We offer a wide range of projects for the thesis. These will be provided by our academics. You can also propose your own topic.
Our mission is to help you:
- stay healthy, positive and feeling well
- overcome any challenges you may face during your degree – academic or personal
- get the most out of your postgraduate research experience
- carry out admin and activities essential to progressing through your degree
- understand postgraduate research processes, standards and rules
We can offer you tailored wellbeing support, courses and activities.
You can also access a broad range of workshops covering:
- research and professional skills
- careers support
- health and safety
- public engagement
- academic development
Subject to Covid-19 restrictions, you may also have the opportunity to attend festivals and conferences with a direct bearing on your course:
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) researcher development programme
Each faculty offers a researcher development programme for its postgraduate research students. We have designed your programme to help you:
- perform better as a researcher
- boost your career prospects
- broaden your impact
Through workshops and activities, it will build your transferable skills and increase your confidence.
- techniques for effective research
- methods for better collaborative working
- essential professional standards and requirements
Your programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.
Doctoral training and partnerships
There are opportunities to undertake your PhD at Newcastle within a:
- Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
- Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)
Being part of a CDT or DTP has many benefits:
- they combine research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics.
- you’ll study alongside a cohort of other PhD students
- they’re often interdisciplinary
- your PhD will normally be funded
If there are currently opportunities available in your subject area you’ll find them when you search for funding in the fees and funding section on this course.
The following centres/partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area in the future:
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Subject to Covid-19 restrictions, you'll 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. It has 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 practice
- interactive language learning software
- an international film collection of over 800 titles
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
If you're applying for funding, always check the funding application deadline. This deadline may be earlier than the application deadline for your course.
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
How to apply
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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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