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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

MA by Research

When you undertake a research degree, at either MA or PhD level, you work with a designated supervisor on a research topic of your choice. Supervision on a wide range of cultural and linguistic topics as available from the researchers based in the constituent Departments of the School: Arabic, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian and Russian. Consulting our staff pages will help you identify a researcher with expertise in the field which interests you.

Research degrees offered in the School

1 year full-time study
2 years part-time study
50,000 word thesis
3 years full-time study
6 years part-time study
100,000 word thesis


For general enquiries about postgraduate research in the School, contact the Director of Postgraduate Education, on or telephone the postgraduate studies secretary on 0191 334 2238.