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Modern Languages, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #141 (QS) ,
The Modern Languages MPhil and PhD are research-based programmes. You can specialise in topics in the languages of: Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies. Specialism is also possible in translating and interpreting.

About

The Modern Languages MPhil, PhD is offered through the School of Modern Languages. We offer expert supervision in the following areas:

Chinese

  • Chinese translating and interpreting
  • Chinese numerology, number and gender in nursery rhymes (Dr V Pellatt)
  • cross-cultural studies between China and the West
  • Chinese modernity studies
  • modern Chinese literature and culture
  • Chinese-English translation
  • global Chinese diaspora studies
  • Chinese-American studies
  • cultural theory (Prof J Qian)
  • contemporary society, especially identity, ethnicity and religion
  • minority nationalities (eg Xinjiang or Uyghur studies)
  • Chinese state or popular nationalism and national identity
  • Islam in China
  • performing arts, music cultures and popular culture in mainland China (Dr J Smith Finley)
  • transnational Chinese cinema
  • stardom
  • independent documentary filmmaking
  • gender and sexuality in Chinese media (Dr S Yu)

French

  • contemporary women's writing (Dr Robson, Dr El-Maïzi)
  • 19th century literature and culture (Prof Harkness, Prof Cross)
  • dialectology (Dr Hall)
  • French and Algerian cinema (Prof Austin, Dr Leahy)
  • history, politics and gender (Prof Cross, Prof Harkness)
  • language change (Dr Hall, Dr Waltereit)
  • popular culture (media, sport, music) and public policy (Dr Dauncey)
  • postcolonial cultures (Prof Austin, Dr El-Maïzi)
  • trauma and culture (Prof Austin, Dr Robson)

German

  • 20th century German and contemporary literature (Dr T Ludden, Dr B Müller)
  • GDR literature and censorship (Dr B Müller)
  • representations of the Holocaust and/or World War II (Dr B Müller)
  • literature and philosophy - cultural and critical theory (Dr T Ludden)
  • women's writing (Dr T Ludden)
  • Medieval German and comparative literature (Dr E Andersen)
  • morphological theory - morphology, phonology and dialectology of German and Dutch (Dr C Fehringer)

Japanese

  • gender studies (Dr G Hansen)
  • popular culture, film and media studies (Dr G Hansen, Dr S Yoshioka)
  • political studies (Dr G Hansen, Dr S Yoshioka)
  • literary studies (Dr G Hansen)

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies

  • anthropology, anthropological linguistics and sociolinguistics of Latin America, including Quechua language (Prof Howard)
  • semantics, philosophy of language, history and spread of Spanish in Latin America, Latin American dialects and Creole (Prof Mackenzie)
  • political, social and intellectual history of Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially Brazil and Southern Cone (Prof Hentschke)
  • history of education in Latin America in 19th and 20th century Latin America (Prof Hentschke, Dr Oliart, Prof Howard)
  • discourses of race and identity in Latin America (Prof Howard, Dr Oliart, Dr Morgan)
  • Latin American film, literature and theatre (Dr Page)
  • Spanish and Latin American cultural history and popular culture (Dr Catala Carracso, Dr Morgan, Dr Oliart, Dr Fernández)
  • Catalan nationalism (Dr Catala-Carrasco)
  • Spanish novel (Dr Catala Carrasco)

Translating and Interpreting:

We can offer supervision for projects involving English plus Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Quechua, Spanish, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.

Our research specialisms are:

  • Interpreting (Dr Y Chen, Dr M Jin, Dr V Pellatt, Dr F Wu)
  • psycholinguistics of interpreting and translating (Dr M Jin)
  • translating literature (Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
  • translation and culture (Dr Y Chen, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
  • translation and ethics, ideology and power (Prof R. Howard, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
  • translation products, processes and strategies (Dr Y Chen, Dr M Jin, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
  • translator and interpreter training and assessment (Dr Y Chen, Dr V Pellatt, Dr F Wu)
  • reflective/autonomous learning and educational psychology (Dr Y Chen, Dr F Wu)
  • audiovisual translation studies (Dr Y Chen)

Research staff in the School of Modern Languages work in a diverse range of fields from sociocultural, historical and political studies, to film and literature, linguistics and sociolinguistics. The School has strong links with interdisciplinary research centres and groups, including:

  • Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences
  • Research Centre in Film and Digital Media
  • Gender Research Group
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies
  • Postcolonial Research Group

You will also have the opportunity to attend festivals and conferences with a direct bearing on your course:

  • Talking to the World Conference
  • VAMOS festival

As a student in the School of Modern Languages, you will benefit from the Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Faculty research training programme. You will choose these research modules in consultation with your supervisors.

Up to £250 per year is available to support your attendance at conferences or for archival research. You can also request an inter-library loan allowance.

The School of Modern Languages is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) North East Doctoral Training Centre. Through training courses provided by these partnerships, you will gain knowledge and skills to undertake high-quality social science research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary women's writing 
  • 19th century literature and culture dialectology
  • French and Algerian cinema
  • History, politics and gender
  • Language change 
  • Popular culture (media, sport, music) and public policy 
  • Postcolonial cultures 
  • Trauma and culture 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A 2:1 honours degree and normally a good master's degree in a subject related to one of the discipline areas covered by the School of Modern Languages.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4350 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
EU
  • Full time: £4,350
  • Part time: £2,175
International
  • Full time: £16,500

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

  • 560 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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