MPhil/PhD On Campus Online

Modern Languages

School of Advanced Study, University of London

36 months
15500 GBP/year
6130 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Modern Languages degree from School of Advanced Study, University of London presents the opportunity to gain expertise in your area of interest while also honing a range of transferable skills. 


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. 

Study Mode

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 Structure

The 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)
  • Borders
  • Cities and cultures
  • Comparative/World literature
  • Exile writing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15500 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    6130 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6130 GBP per year during 36 months.


  • UK: £3600
  • EU/International: £9,300

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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:

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.

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