School of Modern Languages



We provide a vibrant environment for research staff and postgraduate students.

Our students and research academics have access to a wide range of resources.

Our research spans a diverse range of fields from sociocultural, historical and political studies, to film and literature, to linguistics and sociolinguistics.

Our dynamic approach to the study of cultures and societies, and the ways in which we strive to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, distinguishes us.

It drives our production of high-quality publications in a variety of forms.

Our research falls into four main language areas, linked by three research themes:

Research Excellence Framework 2014

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 assessed the quality of research in the UK’s higher education institutions.

The review process is managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and is based on three main criteria:

  • quality of research outputs
  • impact of research (beyond the University)
  • vitality of the research environment

Our School submitted to Unit of Assessment 28 (UoA01), the majority of which was officially classified as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

Read more on our Research Impact website

Useful Research Links:
   Staff Application to SML funds (
   PGR Application to Research and Scholarship Support Fund (

Former Research Students

Ellen Crabtree
Former Research Student


Cécilia Gil
Former Research Student


Gary Jenkins
Research Student

Lydia D. Wu
Former Research Student