Research course

Modern Languages

University of Exeter · Modern Languages
MA by research

Entry requirements

Students applying to enter directly into the MA by Research programme would normally be expected to have a BA degree with 2.1 or equivalent in Modern Languages or related subject or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

The Master by Research in Modern Languages like other research degrees contains no taught element and offers you the opportunity to pursue a research project without entering into the commitment of a PhD. The degree programme is intended both as an award in its own right or as a progression route to a PhD. The programme is assessed by a written dissertation of up to 40,000 words.

The MbyRes programmes are two years full time or three years part time. There is no minimum registration period and students may complete their studies within a shorter time scale. However, students who are accessing financial support through the Student Loan Company Postgraduate Research Loan should be aware that funding payments are scheduled across two years of the defined full time programme duration, or three years for part-time equivalents.

We welcome applications for research within the wide array of subjects studied in the department. Modern Languages research at Exeter, covering Chinese, French, German, Hispanic Studies (including Latin American), Italian, Portuguese and Russian, spans literary and cultural studies, including film; translation studies; gender studies; textual editing; art history and visual culture; history and society; and linguistics. We have specialists from the medieval through to the contemporary period; recent grants include major awards from the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust and EU Marie Curie Actions. Modern Languages is home to three interdisciplinary Humanities Research Centres: the Centre for Translating Cultures; the Global China Research Centre; and the Exeter Centre for Latin American Studies.

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 and course duration

MA by research

full time
24 months
part time
36 months
distance learning
24-36 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1392 725306