Research course

Modern Languages

University of St Andrews · School of Modern Languages

Entry requirements

Candidates are normally expected to have a Masters-level qualification or equivalent. Research students should note that they apply to work with an individual supervisor within the School of Modern Languages, not to a programme of study. It is therefore important that you consult the staff profiles and ensure that your project matches an existing area of research within the School. If you are unable to identify a possible supervisor, please contact directly the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Gustavo San Román on, who will happily advise and direct you to the most appropriate academic.

Months of entry


Course content

The School can provide supervision for the research degrees of MPhil and PhD across an exceptionally broad range of topics.

Candidates for the PhD undertake at least three years of study and submit a thesis of not more than 80,000 words. The possibility exists for doctoral theses to be submitted in either English or the language of study.

The MPhil is a combination of coursework and research: two semesters of full-time taught courses or equivalent part-time study and assessment(s) are followed by a thesis (40,000 words maximum) prepared during the summer and the following year and submitted by the end of the second academic session.

Our programmes are highly flexible, and we welcome exploring with you the possibility of conversion to the PhD from any programme with a taught first year.

Department specialisms

French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Comparative Literature

Information for international students

Candidates are expected to achieve IELTS 7.0 or equivalent and demonstrate proficiency in the language that their PhD will focus upon.

Fees and funding

UK students
Fees confirmed early 2017
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 463647