Research course

Modern Languages and Cultures

Durham University · School of Modern Languages and Cultures
PhDMA by research

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the MA include a good BA or equivalent in a discipline appropriate to the programme; entry requirements for the PhD include an MA or equivalent in a discipline appropriate to the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Staff in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLaC) carry out research in a wide range of specialist areas.
Research in the School is informed by a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches and focuses on the transnational and transcultural study of literatures, cultures and histories through different media.

Three areas of particular strength characterize our research activities:

  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies
  • Sciences and Humanities
  • Visual and Performance Studies

Further strong research interests include 19th to 21st century literature and culture, Textual scholarship, Gender and sexuality studies, Critical and cultural theory, Travel literature, Creative writing, and Translation.

We welcome applications for postgraduate study in the School's Subject Areas, Research Centres and in additional emerging fields represented by the School's Research Groups.

The MA is assessed by a 50,000 word thesis and, upon completion, students may progress to a PhD. The PhD is assessed by a 100,000 word thesis.

Department specialisms

Early Modern Literature, Ideas and Culture; 19th- and 20th-century Literature and Culture

Information for international students

English language requirements include an IELTS of 7.0 with no element below 6.5..

Fees and funding

University Doctoral Studentships and Faculty MA Scholarships; AHRC awards under the Block Grant Partnership (for UK and EU students); Barker Scholarships; Departmental funding for training and research activities.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Modern Languages and Cultures