Research course

Interdisciplinary Studies

University of Exeter · Modern Languages

Entry requirements

Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in Modern Languages (in particular French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish) or Translation studies, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Our wide range of expertise offers postgraduates the possibility of preparing for research degrees in one or more areas. We attach particular importance to the quality of research supervision and training in research methodology and to the integration of our postgraduates into the Department’s academic and research community. Scholars of international repute are frequent visitors. Postgraduates enjoy their own regular research seminars: one focusing on film studies and the other on comparative and multidisciplinary studies.

Department specialisms

Researchers in Modern Languages are actively engaged in projects across a broad range of subjects, including linguistics and translation studies, film, visual arts, and literary culture. Our research ranges across time from the medieval period to the contemporary, and spans the whole of Europe, including Russia, extending across the world to North Africa and Latin America. Specialisms are grouped as follows; Medieval and Early-Modern Studies; Modern Literary Studies; Linguistics; Gender Studies; Visual Culture.

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.


Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Learn more about current funding opportunities at the fees and funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-36 months
part time
48-60 months


full time
36-48 months
part time
72-84 months

Course contact details

College of Humanities Post Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1392 725306