Study for a PhD

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

Most students start their period of registration in October, although a January start date is also possible. You should aim to have your completed application with us at least two months before your proposed start date, although funding deadlines vary. 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 welcome in any of the areas covered by our staff expertise. You may pursue a topic based entirely within one or across several of our four languages – Chinese, French, German, Spanish. We are also interested in projects which are comparative or transcultural in scope. In some cases, it is possible to receive joint supervision by our department and and another in the university, (such as English, History, Linguistics, Politics, Philosophy & Religion and Sociology).

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 chat or to visit the department.

Details of some of the funding opportunities available can be found on our Fees and Funding page.