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Modern Languages PhD



What will I learn?


A PhD in Modern Languages allows candidates to draw on Departmental research strengths across the eight different language areas and multiple disciplinary intersections. Language-based expertise is supported by specialists researching literature, history, visual cultures, gender studies, sociolinguistics, and translation and interpreting. With staff involved in major research programmes such as ‘Translating Cultures’, and projects such as ‘Transnationalizing Modern Languages’, the Department has pioneered studies that incorporate post- and de-colonial perspectives to theory and practice, integrating these into pedagogical approaches to language study.

The range of specialisms in Modern Languages and Cultures is enhanced by collaborations across departments and schools, such as the Department of English and that of Communications and Media, whilst maintaining the multilingual and multicultural perspectives as a necessary interpretive key to an understanding of the contemporary world. We also offer opportunities to collaborate with non-academic partners, locally, nationally and internationally, supported by the many research projects across five continents that scholars in the department lead.

Research interests

We welcome proposals that are multidisciplinary, multilingual and inspired by language-based approaches to research that facilitate the emergence of diverse conceptualisations of knowledge. Central to our research is a sensitivity to language and culture, both historically and in the contemporary world and a commitment to addressing the urgent questions to which language and culture relate.

Which department am I in?

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
Students need to pay £25,950 for (lab based programmes), £20,400 for (non Lab based programmes) (2022).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023


University of Liverpool

The Foundation Building,

765 Brownlow Hill,


L69 7ZX, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject. Applications are welcomed from both full-time and part-time students. For research degrees, we would normally expect applicants to have a BA or BSc degree of 2:1 standard (and also an MA) in a subject relevant to the proposed field of research.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is a world-leading institution, with more than 7,700 international students from over 130 countries.

  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group
  • A dedicated support team for international students
  • One of the top 25 UK universities targeted by employers
  • Located in one of the UK’s most iconic cities

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