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School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Postgraduate Study

Whether you are new to Durham University, or are one of our current or former students, we welcome you to our postgraduate pages.

Why do postgraduate study in MLAC?

Postgraduate study in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a wide range of benefits and attractions:

  • A range of exciting taught MA programmes, and an opportunity to carry out research degrees at MA and PhD level in a variety of areas
  • Departments which are consistently rated amongst the top Departments in the country by the Good University Guide and academics who are internationally recognised as experts in their fields
  • A range of funding opportunities. For an overview of postgraduate funding in MLAC, go to our funding page. To search the University's postgraduate funding database, go here
  • Fully-funded studentships and high-quality training for PhDs through the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership
  • A relaxing postgraduate life beyond your studies
  • A supportive, stimulating collegiate environment
  • A stunning location: Durham is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is situated next to the River Wear, near Durham Castle and Cathedral - a UNESCO world heritage site

A Thriving Postgraduate Community

MLAC postgraduates join a lively, welcoming and supportive student community. We have over 50 postgraduates, working on topics as diverse as translation, literature, theatre, cinema and photography, and participating in a variety of postgraduate activities, including dialogue days and research seminars. Our students have also organised successful conferences, a number of which have resulted in publications.

Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research

Our research encompasses all the traditional areas of Modern Languages and Cultures, as well as a number of less orthodox topics. Unlike many UK universities, we offer expertise ranging from medieval manuscripts to the modern media, including film and photography. What connects these is an over-arching interest in the relationship between the textual, the historical and the visual. Moreover, an exciting culture of interdisciplinary and collaborative research has taken shape in the School over the past few years. This has been fostered in particular by the creation of four major research centres: the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS), the Centre for Intercultural Mediation (CIM), the Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures (CVAC) and the Centre for Humanities Innovation (CHI). These Centres provide a home to many of our postgraduates and allow for progression from taught MAs to doctoral work with specialist supervisors. The Research Centres attract major academics to Durham to supplement our regular research seminar series. Similarly, our researchers are in great demand for seminars at other universities, institutes and international conferences, and as a graduate student, you will be encouraged to present your own findings both at home and abroad. Finally, you will discover that our successful postgraduates are in high demand, with the majority finding employment right away, either in universities or in the culture industries (media, publishing, teaching etc.).

How to apply

Apply online here for postgraduate study at Durham.

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Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship Competition

The School has received 4 awards in the areas of French, Interpreting and Translation, Italian and Hispanic Studies and looks forward to welcoming our new research students