Research course

Modern Languages Audio-Visual

University of Birmingham · Department of Modern Languages

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

This particular programme gives you the opportunity to film and edit an hour-long documentary on your modern languages research, accompanied by a 30,000 word written defence.

You will work with supervisors and technicians to develop this practice-based project, using our editing suite and equipment. You will be co-supervised by staff in Modern Languages and Film and Creative Writing. The Audio-visual PhD enables you to make an original contribution to the discipline of history, film and television preparing you for careers in media and/or academia.

Previous experience of filmmaking is welcome in applicants, but experience is not a requirement for admission – the required skills are included in the programme of study. Aptitude for this course of study will be discussed with applicants as part of the application process.

At Birmingham you also have the option of studying further languages, free of charge. Almost no other UK University offers you the opportunity to learn the intense graduate academic language skills which you may need to pursue your research.

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT
International students
£13,680 FT

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005