Research in The Department of Modern Languages was ranked highly in the last assessment of national research performance, the 2015 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), receiving a 3.04 overall GPA score, which ranks us second in London.
The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures conducts research in literary, visual and cultural history from the Middle Ages to the present. We collaborate closely with the Department of Comparative Literature and its members as we share many research interests with them.
The programme is normally a 3-year research only PhD programme (i.e., there is no mandatory coursework component).
In addition to high-quality supervision in French, German, Russian and Hispanic Studies (Catalan, Portuguese and Spanish), the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures has particular supervision strengths in Cultural History and, specifically, in:
Translation, Transmission and Cultural Transfer, jointly organised with the Department of Comparative Literature
Visual Cultures Forum, jointly organized with the School of History
Major yearly lectures:
The Angermion Annual Lecture (German)
The Camões Annual Lecture (Hispanic Studies)
The Catalan Annual Lecture (Hispanic Studies)
The Kate Elder Lecture (Hispanic Studies)
The Malcolm Bowie Lecture, held alternately at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (French)
Writers in Residence Programme
MLC hosts or contributes to a number of flourishing Centres:
The department of Modern Languages and Cultures at Queen Mary University of London is pleased to invite applications for funded PhD studentships for 2019 entry. Supervision is available in all areas of the department’s research expertise. For full details, see individual staff profiles on the department’s website.
PhD studentships are available as part of the following competitions:
For more details about the department and studentship opportunities, please contact a prospective supervisor directly, or the department’s PhD Tutor, Professor Else Vieira.
See also the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film's Funding page
Minimum entry requirements for our PhD programmes are:
The first step as you consider applying to the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures for a PhD will be to look at the research interests of individual staff to see if we have a colleague who works in the area of your research interests. Our main research interests are set out here.
It is essential to contact a potential supervisor to discuss your proposed PhD project before you apply for admission. This is likely to be a draft proposal at this stage, and indicative of your interests rather than binding. It will help you to organise your thinking and will give any prospective supervisor the most essential information. Your proposal may be refined and redrafted after discussions with your prospective supervisors before you apply.
We normally do not accept students who have not yet secured agreement from a potential supervisor. If you are unsure who may be an appropriate supervisor for your project, have a look at the available supervisors below and/or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have applied online (How to apply), we also encourage applicants to send a complete zip archive of their application dossier to the PhD Tutor in Modern Languages and Cultures (email@example.com). This helps to ensure that applications are processed in as timely a fashion as possible.
If you have questions about the content of our PhD programme please contact:
Professor Else Vieira
PhD Tutor in Modern Languages and Cultures
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8335