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Research degrees in Modern Languages and Cultures

See also: the website for the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Research in Modern Languages and Cultures (MLC) contributed fully to QMUL’s strong performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (the latest in the series of national evaluations of research in UK universities), as part of Modern Languages and Linguistics (UoA 28B: 3.04 GPA score).

MLC hosts or contributes to a number of flourishing Centres:

We also have strong connections with external research centres, groups and institutions, including the Victoria and Albert Museum,  the Leo Baeck Institute, the Ramon Llull Institut (Catalan Studies), the Camões Institute for Cooperation and Language, and the University of London’s Institute of Modern Languages Research.

Many of the research staff in MLC have held leadership roles in professional organizations associations, notably Professor Adrian Armstrong’s role as President of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French (2014-17). MLC also benefits from the active involvement of a number of associated scholars, including Honorary and Visiting Research Fellows. 


As a PhD student in this department you will be registered for one of the following degree programmes:

  • PhD in German Studies
  • PhD in French Studies
  • PhD in Russian Studies
  • PhD in Hispanic Studies
  • PhD in Translation and Adaptation Studies (including practice-led pathway)
  • PhD in Visual Cultures

For full details of these programmes please visit the departmental page: PhDs in Modern Languages and Cultures.

Entry requirements

For entry at PhD level, we would normally expect candidates to have an MA or equivalent. Modern Languages and Cultures accepts students for a research degree leading to a PhD of the University of London. Applicants for this degree are accepted on the basis of previous academic performance and subject to the availability of a member of staff to supervise their work. We welcome applications from home and overseas students. All prospective students are advised to consult a potential supervisor with a draft research proposal before submitting a formal application. You should also include a relevant piece of written work showing your potential for carrying out high-level research in your subject area (preferably a final-year undergraduate or MA dissertation), with your application. 

For international students, please refer to the International students section on this website.

Further information

Please contact
Dr Maha El Hissy

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