Undertaking doctoral research allows you to develop in-depth knowledge, while making a meaningful contribution to your chosen field.
With guidance from our expert supervisors, you'll carry out extensive independent research culminating in a thesis of up to 100,000 words. Broadly speaking the area covered by the Institute’s expertise is French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese studies; Literature; Cultural studies; and, Comparative and interdisciplinary studies are also available in a number of subject areas.
On completing this Modern Languages degree from School of Advanced Study, University of London, you'll be well prepared for specialist career paths both within academia and beyond.
You can study on-campus or online.
Opportunities and Facilities
IMLR provides researchers with unique opportunities to develop projects that show genuine potential to set pioneering research agendas. To this end, the Institute and its six research centres run and contribute to national and international collaborative, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural research seminars, lectures, workshops, colloquia and conferences. It also hosts a thriving publications series, a regional conference scheme and a fellowships programme.
In addition to supporting individuals, networks and organisations, nationally and internationally, the IMLR leads on debates that stimulate innovative thinking. It actively develops research services and resources, and offers research degrees and doctoral training. It aims to ensure that the social, cultural and economic benefits of Modern Languages research are widely recognised.
The IMLR publishes the Journal of Romance Studies. Its outstanding Germanic Studies Collection is located in Senate House (4th floor) with holdings devoted principally to German language and literature from their beginnings to the present day, comprising a substantial collections of books, journals, microfiches, theses and archives.
Programme StructureThe Institute of Modern Languages Research offers doctoral research supervision in the following broad areas:
- French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese studies
- Literatures in a Modern Language
- Cultural studies (especially migration and 'belonging' or translingual and transcultural creative practice)
- Cities and cultures
- Comparative/World literature
- Exile writing
- 36 months
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
- Apply before
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Before submitting an application you are advised to contact a member of the Institute's academic staff who has interests in your proposed field of study to discuss your proposal. A list of academic staff and their interests can be found here.
- Before agreeing to accept you, the School will require you to submit a research proposal, so it is worthwhile having this drafted ahead of a formal application. Guidelines on drafting your research proposal.
- Candidates will normally receive an initial response to their application within 28 working days.
International15500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 15500 GBP per year during 36 months.
National6130 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6130 GBP per year during 36 months.
- UK: £3600
- EU/International: £9,300
Living costs for London
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Find out more about our range of funding opportunities: https://www.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/fees-and-funding
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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