Modern Languages

Degrees
  • MPhil/PhD is offered in: Chinese Studies; French Studies; German Studies; Hispanic Studies; Italian Studies; Lusophone Studies; Russian Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies; and Translation Studies
  • MA by Research in Modern Languages
Degree typesTypes of research degrees explained
DurationDegree duration details
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Study modesFull time and part time Study mode details
Start date September or January

Research overview

Staff in Modern Languages research a wide range of areas, including literature, linguistics, translation and film. We supervise PhD students researching periods from the medieval to the present, across our seven main languages, with interdisciplinary projects involving additional supervision from other departments in the College of Humanities and beyond. Visit our staff profiles for more information about our research.

The ‘Centre for Translating Cultures’ provides a focal point for research in Modern Languages. Our postgraduate students regularly present work in progress at the Centre and participate its regular series of seminars often with distinguished visiting speakers. Modern Languages postgraduates are also active in other research centres in Modern Languages and the College of Humanities.

Beyond the University we have good relations with UK museums and galleries, as well as academic and research institutions internationally, attracting research students from all over the world and many cultural backgrounds.

There are frequent public seminars and lecture series which feature distinguished scholars and public figures in related fields from the UK, Europe and throughout the world.

Chinese Studies 

  • Chinese art and culture and European exchanges, 17th-18th centuries
  • Chinese literature in translation
  • Chinese modern intellectual history
  • 19th-20th-century history of international relations 

Visit our Chinese staff profiles for more information about individual research interests.

French Studies

  • Literature and culture – Middle Ages to the present day
  • French cinema
  • French linguistics

Visit our French staff profiles for more information about individual research interests.

German Studies

  • 18th- and 19th-century cultural and literary studies
  • Culture of the Weimar Republic
  • Museum studies and memory studies

Visit our German staff profiles for more information about individual research interests.

Hispanic Studies

  • Iberian and Latin American literature and history of ideas (19th-21st centuries)
  • Spanish and Latin American cinema and visual culture
  • Gender studies and women's studies

Visit our Hispanic Studies staff profiles for more information about individual research interests.

Italian Studies

  • Modern Italian literature
  • Italian linguistics, including multilingualism in immigrant communities
  • Italian cinema

Visit our Italian staff profiles for more information about individual research interests.

Lusophone Studies

  • Postcolonial, feminist and cultural studies in Portuguese-speaking contexts.
  • Portuguese linguistics: language contact, variation and change; cognitive linguistics and construction grammar.

Visit our Portuguese staff profiles for more information about individual research interests.

Russian Studies

  • Literature and culture of the 20th century, including translation
  • 19th and 20th century poetry
  • Comparative literature

Visit our Russian staff profiles for more information about individual research interests.

Translation Studies

Translation Studies incorporates and bridges a number of disciplines, including linguistics, literary criticism and semiotics, cultural studies, postcolonial studies and gender studies, media studies and multimodality, history, sociology, ethics, philosophy and rhetoric…and more.

Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural by nature, Translation Studies appeals particularly to students with an interest in how language mediates between cultures and disciplines, and with an aim of learning about the professional aspects of the field.

Current areas of enquiry include (but are not limited to):

  • Autobiographies in translation
  • Cities in translation
  • Contemporary Chinese cinema
  • The market for translated literature
  • Translators as activists
  • Medieval culture of translation
  • Translation and gender
  • Translation and history
  • Translation and the history of ideas
  • Knowledge and translation
  • Science and translation
  • Self-translation
  • Translation and mobility and migration
  • Translation and multimodal practice
  • Translation and publishing practices
  • Translation and rhetoric
  • Translation and visual culture
  • Translation and word cities
  • The 3% problem for translated literature

Our research is often interdisciplinary, therefore we recommend you also visit, in addition to the research pages of related subjects, the description of the affiliated researchers in Translation Studies

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Our academics

Supervisors

All students have a primary and a secondary supervisor who provide regular, high quality advice, support and direction in their academic endeavours. You will work closely with your supervisors to develop, investigate and write-up a project at the cutting edge of research.

Visit our staff profiles for more information about individual research interests.

Pastoral Tutors

Each student will also be assigned a pastoral tutor who mediate on any problems that arise during the period of study. Your pastoral tutor will keep in regular contact and will provide background stability and support.

Graduate School Office

The College of Humanities has a dedicated Graduate School Office that supports our postgraduate research students during their study with us. The Office promotes intellectual and social contact between research students in all our disciplines to foster a vibrant research community within the College.

 

Facilities

We provide access to excellent computing facilities and training is provided in a broad range of academic and general professional skills, such as compiling a CV, interview skills and time management.

Based in the Queen’s Building, you will benefit from a dedicated postgraduate IT suite and lounge, as well as a postgraduate and staff common room. There is also a study room containing a number of private study carrels for research students.

Computing facilities include a state-of-the art suite dedicated to Translation Studies with the latest in CAT tools, and a bespoke lounge for postgraduate students in Translation Studies.

Careers

We are committed to ensuring you receive high quality research supervision to maximise your potential and prepare you for a rewarding career. You will develop skills which will be useful to you whether or not you stay in academia including highly developed research methods skills. Possible careers include academic research and teaching, and potentially, usually with further professional training, employment in research and policy organisations and charities in the UK and beyond.

Postgraduate students have access to the wide range of support offered by our Career Zone. In addition, postgraduate research students can access our Researcher Development Programme, which covers a range of topics to help you to succeed during your research degree and to act as a springboard for your research career.

Graduate destinations

Below are some examples of initial jobs undertaken by Modern Languages postgraduates who studied with us in recent years.

Please note that due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job titleOrganisation
Associate lecturer
Associate lecturer in French
Associate Lecturer in French in Education and Scholarships
Associate Research Fellow
Content Designer
Freelance Proofreader and Translator
French teacher
French teacher
Grammar School Teacher
Independent Quality Evaluator
Italian Teacher
Lecturer in French Studies
Post Doctorial Researcher
Recruitment and marketing assistant
Reporter & Producer
Self-Employed Translator
Spanish Lecturer
Teacher and Honorary Research Associate
Teacher/Researcher
University of Exeter
Visiting Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies
Work Placement Coordinator
Alliance Française Devon
Antenna International
Baylis Court School
BPA Quality
Hoheretechnische
Kennet School
Language Advanced
Middlesex University
National Public Radio, USA
Uni of Exeter
University of Poitiers
University of Portsmouth

Entry requirements 2020

MA by Research Modern Languages

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.

MPhil/PhD

Chinese Studies

Normally students will have proficiency in Chinese (good command of written and spoken Chinese), a good UK Honours degree (2:1 Honours or international equivalent) and a Master’s degree with Merit or international equivalent in a related subject.

French Studies

Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in French Studies, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

German Studies

Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in German Studies, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

Hispanic Studies

Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in Hispanic Studies, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

Italian Studies

Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in Italian Studies, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

Lusophone Studies

Normally students have proficiency in Portuguese (good command of written and spoken Portuguese), a good UK Honours degree (2:1 Honours or international equivalent) and a Master’s degree with Merit or international equivalent in a related subject.

Russian Studies

Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in Russian Studies, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

Interdisciplinary Studies/Translation Studies

Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in Modern Languages (in particular French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish) or Translation studies, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

Requirements 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.

TOEFL IBT*

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.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Finance: fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2020/21

  • UK/EU: £4,400* full-time; £2,200 part-time
  • International: £17,500 full-time

Following your registration, tuition fees for subsequent years of study may increase to take into account inflationary pressures – this will not exceed 3 per cent per year of study.

*This is the expected UK/EU fee. The UK/EU tuition fees are set in line with Research Councils UK fee levels which have not yet been set for 2020 entry. Once these are set in March 2020 we will email to confirm the tuition fees for your programme. The 2020/21 fee will not increase by more than 3% from the 2019/20 fee.

Tuition fees per year 2019/20

Following your registration, tuition fees for subsequent years of study may increase to take into account inflationary pressures – this will not exceed 5 per cent per year of study.

Current available funding

Contact us

College of Humanities
Postgraduate Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)1392 725306
Web: Enquire online

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