Research course

Modern Languages

Oxford Brookes University · Department of English and Modern Languages
MPhil/Phil PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

We normally require either a good honours degree or a Masters degree in a relevant subject. If it has been some time since your first degree we also give weight to other evidence of your research potential and to your work experience. If you want to do research in a subject other than that of your first degree, or if you have been out of formal higher education for a number of years, you may consider that the School's MA Programme would be a better first step than applying directly to do a research degree.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Students are an important element of the research community. Emphasis is placed on regular supervision, with a director of studies supported by one or two other staff members in a supervisory team.

All students undertake research training in their first year, and are encouraged to participate in the extensive programme of seminars, conferences and colloquia run by the various research groups.

Department specialisms

Contemporary, Urban Culture, French Theatre, Performance Francophone studies, 19th/20th Century Literature: Thought, Artistic and Literary Avant Garde, Relationship between text and image, France within a contemporary European context, Developing ICT and language learning, Japanese religions, Spain: immigration, language acquisition, interculturality, Spanish Translation, Literature, Cinema, History of Sexuality.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you must satisfy our English language requirements by providing us with evidence of a minimum: IELTS 7.0; TOEFL paper-based 600; TOEFL computer-based 250+; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade A or B.

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities can be found at: Finance

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-60 months
part time
48-72 months


full time
24-60 months
part time
36-72 months


part time
36-48 months
full time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Professor Nicole Pohl
+44 (0) 1865 484998