Study for a PhD

We warmly welcome any enquiries from appropriately qualified applicants who are keen to register for doctoral research (MPhil/PhD). We normally require you to have an MA or equivalent qualification.

Most students start their period of registration in October, though a January start date is also possible. You should aim to have your complete application with us two months before your proposed start date. Students wishing to start at any other point in the academic year must have this approved by the department before an offer is made

Direct applications are welcomed in any of the areas covered by our staff expertise. You may pursue a topic based entirely within one or several of the four languages - Chinese, French, German, Spanish - but we are also interested in projects which are comparative or transcultural in the scope of European and Global Studies. In some cases, it is possible to receive joint supervision by Languages and Cultures and another department in the university such as English, History, Linguistics, Politics, Philosophy & Religion, Sociology etc.

Prospective postgraduate students who are undecided about their eventual area of specialism should consider joining one of the thematic interdisciplinary research fields. These are ongoing research programmes to which we are actively recruiting postgraduate students and which correspond to the research interests of our academic staff. If you wish to discuss your research topic, please contact the Director of Postgraduate Studies to arrange an appointment to speak via telephone or visit the department.

Lancaster University is part of a North West consortium that has been successful in winning over £14million funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. This funding will provide 40 PhD awards each year across the consortium until 2018-19.

The consortium runs a series of doctoral research clinics for PhD students on various aspects of doing a PhD. The clinics are arranged over three days (one at each of the three universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster).

Further details can be found on our applications and funding page.