Modern Languages Ba German Isabel Jezierska UNI-3119

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Languages research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MA by Thesis PhD

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About our programmes

We offer postgraduate supervision in four European Languages and cultures - French, German, Italian and Hispanic studies - as well as Chinese Studies. Our research activity crosses traditional boundaries into areas of translation studies, comparative literature, cultural studies, gender studies, social, economic and political studies, Latin America, language learning and linguistics. We offer unique opportunities for research supervision in a wide variety of subjects at both MA by Thesis and PhD level.

The School of Histories, Languages and Cultures has excellent facilities in terms of dedicated language teaching rooms. There are eight main teaching rooms, all equipped with a full suite of PCs, AV systems, projectors, DVD-players and a visualiser. Several have interactive whiteboards. One of the rooms functions as an interpreting suite, with nine interpreter booths. As well as this, we have the Language Learning Centre (LLC), hosting the expertise of trained language learning advisers whose role is to support students in their independent study. The availability of a team of language learning advisers is a feature which makes our Centre renowned nationally and internationally in the realm of language advising and independent learning. Postgraduate research students also benefit from the superb facilities of the newly restored Brynmor Jones Library.

Research supervisors


Open for admission in 2019/20

Full time Part time
MA by Thesis 1 year 2 years
PhD 3 years* 5 years*

* plus writing-up time

Start in January, May or September


The school engages in a range of interdisciplinary research activities that often cut across traditional language-centred boundaries. Our areas of particular expertise lie in six broad research groupings.

Potential doctoral research students are invited to follow the links to individual staff research pages to learn more about the research areas in which they can offer supervision:

Narrating the Past

Popular Cultures

Gender, Sexuality and Race

Violence, War and Conflict

Language Learning, Teaching and Linguistics

Political and Cultural Encounters

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,327 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,163 (part-time)
  • International: £14,000 (full-time)

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit the fees and funding page.

The standard length of a full-time PhD programme is three years, or five years part-time, plus 'writing-up'.

For full-time students, writing up typically takes about three months but may be extended to one year without further paperwork. For part-time students, writing up typically takes one year, but may be extended to two years without further paperwork.

There is a small continuation fee to be paid for the writing-up period. The continuation fee is partly reimbursed, if you submit in less than one year (full-time) or less than two years (part-time).

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Doctoral College provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

We can offer supervision for MA by Thesis and PhD programmes in Chinese, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Second Language Learning and Teaching, as well as Applied Language and Linguistics or Translation Studies. For entry onto one of these research degrees, you should normally have, or expect to obtain a Master’s degree at merit or 60% and above (or international equivalent) in the relevant area.

With your application, you should submit a comprehensive research proposal including an outline of the proposed field of study, the research methodology, a literature review, and—crucially—an indication of the significance of the research and its original contribution. You should also include an example of written work (2,000 - 3,000 words).

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.