Research course

Lusophone Studies

University of Exeter · Modern Languages

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Entry requirements

Normally students have proficiency in Portuguese (good command of written and spoken Portuguese), a good UK Honours degree (2:1 Honours or international equivalent) and a Master’s degree with Merit or international equivalent in a related subject.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

This programme is a reflection of exciting, ongoing developments in Lusophone Studies at Exeter. It incorporates a number of established areas, including Literary and Cultural studies and Linguistics. It particularly appeals to students with a background interest in language contact, variation and change in the Portuguese-speaking world, Lusophone cultural and literary studies, feminist and postcolonial theory, and race and gender studies.

Our MPhil/PhD in Lusophone Studies at Exeter provides an opportunity for you to study with leading academics who are specialists in this field. The programme draws on established internationally recognised research activity and top-quality research-led teaching. It also offers the opportunity for cross-disciplinary research in collaboration with other colleagues in Modern Languages and across the Humanities, who share research interests relevant to this field of study.

Beyond the university, we have good relations with academic and research institutions internationally. There are regular seminars and workshops, including the research activity of the Centre for Translating Cultures in the College of Humanities which features distinguished national and international scholars.

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 at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    part time
    72-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)1392 725306