PhD research

Our population of PhD students is rapidly growing, and we are developing a strong research culture to which you would contribute

There are regular research seminars both in translation studies and in modern languages and all graduate students are encouraged to contribute to these in their second and subsequent years. Particular strengths across the languages are in the following areas:

  • Film, theatre and visual culture
  • Politics and cultures
  • Gender studies
  • Contemporary cultural and literary studies
  • Postcolonial, migration and regional studies
  • Latin American culture, travel writing and literary theory
  • Memory and Holocaust studies
  • Translation and interpreting.

Find out more about our research clusters and look for a supervisor in your area of interest.

Entry Requirements

A good first degree (First or 2:1) and normally a Masters degree in a relevant area.


Applications may be submitted online or by post using the University’s standard Postgraduate Application Form. Advice on how to submit your application including how to write a research proposal and links to both the online and postal forms can be found in the Study with Us pages.

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Modern Languages at Leicester seeks expressions of interest from prospective research students in the 2017 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. The deadline for AHRC funding applications will be in January 2017 and your case will be strongly enhanced if you engage in discussion with us well in advance of the deadline. For more information about the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Centre and for details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas please visit the consortium’s website, our own page or contact the PGR admissions team.

Fee reductions for eligible applicants and University of Leicester graduates

A range of bursaries and scholarships are available on many post graduate courses starting in 2018.

We are also offering an Alumni Graduate Discount of 10% for previous graduates studying on most post graduate courses.

Terms and conditions apply including fulfilling the entry requirements to the chosen course.


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