MRes in Modern Languages

About the Course

This new course, leading to the University of London degree of Master of Research in Modern Languages, runs from 2015-2016, and may be taken on a full-time basis over 1 year, or part-time over 2. The languages currently covered are French (including Francophone), German, Italian, and Spanish (including Latin American). The core course offers a distinctive element of translation theory in addition to research skills and training.

The flexible programme allows in-depth study under the supervision of experts in the field, with the dissertation giving the student scope to thoroughly explore an area of interest and to develop advanced critical and analytical research skills. Students receive face-to-face supervision and specialist research training in small groups within a well-established research training programme. Dissertation supervision is also available in the field of Francophone/North African studies via the Centre of Postcolonial Studies.

The course is underpinned by exceptional resources in the Senate House Library, a diverse range of seminars and conferences, and networks associated with the specialist centres within the Institute: the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing, the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, and the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature.

Course Summary

The course comprises two compulsory 0.5 core modules:

and a dissertation (25,000 words = 140 credits)

The research component of the programme is a dissertation written on a research topic agreed and supported by fortnightly meetings between student and supervisor. The dissertation may be written in the language of study: French, German, Italian, or Spanish. 

Fees and Entry Requirements

Fees 2016-2017

  Full-time (1 year) Part-time (2 years)
Home / EU £6,120 £3,370
Overseas £14,180  

Students may be eligible to apply for funding through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP).

Entry Requirements

  • An Honours degree (II.1 or II.2) from a reputable university
  • Native or near-native competence in English and the language of study

Application is through the School of Advanced Study


For further information, contact the Institute Director, Professor Catherine Davies, or the supervisor responsible for the language-field in which you are interested.

Professor Catherine Davies (Spanish/Latin American)
Dr Dominic Glynn (French)
Dr Katia Pizzi (Italian)
Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex (German)


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