Research course

Modern Languages

University of Birmingham · Department of Modern Languages

Entry requirements

The Modern Languages MRes programme welcomes applicants from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, but a good Honours degree (2:1 (Hons)) in a Modern Language or other Humanities subject area with, where appropriate, competence in the relevant foreign language equivalent to degree level standard is required.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes in Modern Languages provides graduates with an outstanding opportunity to further both research and foreign language skills through a tailored programme which is unique in the UK. Graduates will carry out a research project of their choice, under the supervision of an expert, and follow 3 taught modules: (1) research skills; (2) graduate-level language skills (either specialist academic skills in their main foreign language or advanced reading skills in a new language); (3) a module exploring key moments in modern European culture through concepts of ‘radicalism’ and counter-culture.

The MRes programme focuses on research and, as such, is broken down into three modules, which focus on research skills, language acquisition, and key moments in the history of modern European culture.

  • Graduate School Research Methodology (20 Credits)
  • Intellectual Subversives: Culture, Counter-Culture and Radical Change, from the Late 18th Century to the Digital Age (20 Credits)

And either:

  • Reading a Language (French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish) for Researchers (20 Credits)


  • Academic Writing in Another Language (French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish) (20 Credits)

This is followed by a dissertation, which is the result of a supervised independent research project undertaken in any area of research which falls within the very wide range of expertise of staff across all of the languages. The University of Birmingham’s Modern Languages department has detailed knowledge across the full range of modern European culture, but particular strengths lie in:

  • Memory and Exile
  • Translation and Language Studies
  • Sexuality and Gender Studies
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Modernity and Modernism
  • Post-Colonial Studies
  • Social and Political Quantitative Studies
  • Text Production: Past and Present

The overall aim of the MRes is to ensure that, at the end of the programme, you have:

  • Improved your research skills
  • Extended your language skills either through the acquisition of an advanced reading level in a new foreign language, or through advanced training in academic writing in a foreign language
  • Gained advanced knowledge and understanding of key critical concepts and debates in critical theory of relevance to the study of modern cultures
  • Pursued an individual line of research in your dissertation

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005