PhD, MPhil, MRes Modern languages

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Research opportunities

We have full-time staff in French, Italian, Spanish and Translation studies who can offer you great expertise and supervision in your area of research.

You'll be based in our Graduate School where you'll join our current research students working across many disciplines.

You can study an MPhil over one year or a PhD over the course of three years.

You can carry out your degree in any of our research areas:

  • Culture in France (including Francophone West African Culture), Italy, Latin America and Spain (19th and 20th century)
  • Women’s Writers and Readers
  • 19th and 20th-century History (particularly the Second World War)
  • Intellectual History
  • Translation Studies


Our MRes degree is available in:

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

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Have a look at out our scholarship search for any funding opportunities available.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Search for all funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

Dean's International Excellence Awards: Humanities and Social Science

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award - Postgraduate Taught offers all qualified international postgraduate students pursuing a Masters a merit based scholarship of £4,000 towards the first year of tuition fees of a full-time Masters, EdD Education or 1 year MRes programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Our research

Our multidisciplinary research in modern languages (French, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin) investigates questions of representations, interpretations and transmissions in film, fiction, journalism, opera, print media, theatre, philosophy and translation.

Our main areas of research include:

  • literature and intellectual history
  • exile, trauma and wellbeing
  • women writers, performers and audiences
  • translating people, cultures and heritages

Within these areas, we have ongoing research projects which involve working closely with a range of external partners.



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NameAreas of expertise


Alan Morris
  • Patrick Modiano
  • post-war French literature
  • the legacy of the Occupation
  • Didier Daeninckx
  • the French néo-polar
Karine Varley          
  • France since 1789
  • France in the Second World War
  • Corsica
  • Franco-Prussian War
  • Memory and Commemoration
Caroline Verdier                 
  • contemporary French and Francophone literature
  • Belgian literature and culture
  • contemporary Women's writing
  • Francophone identities
  • feminism in France and Belgium 
David Murphy 
  • anti-colonialism in Africa
  • French colonial history
  • colonial troops and the First World War
  • Francophone African Literature and Cinema
  • race and identity in France
Sharon Deane Cox 
  • Literary re(translation)
  • Multimodal translation
  • French Holocaust writing
  • French World War II memorial museums
  • Systemic functional linguistics 


Philip Cooke
  • modern Italian culture (literature, film, art, 'popular culture')
  • Italian history
  • language teaching and language teaching policy       
Katharine Mitchell
  • female-authored literary texts about women in 19th and 20th century Italy
  • cross-disciplinary female spectators (opera/silent camera) in late 19th and early 20th century Italy
  • Italian women’s periodicals and domestic fiction
  • Scotland and Europe’s connections and exchanges in the long 19th century
  • figure of the diva and celebrity culture
Paul Hare
  • literary and artistic patronage in Italian renaissance courts
  • language acquisition in Scotland   


Beatriz Caballero-Rodriguez
  • Spanish women in exile – outputs and reception
  • rethinking women’s contribution to philosophy
  • filmic representations of gender and trauma
  • twentieth Century Spanish philosophy
Jesus Rodero 
  • 20th-century Latin American prose fiction
  • 20th-century Latin American short story of the fantastic
  • representation of class and identity in Latin American film
  • films of Guillermo del Toro  




Hui Li

  • Cultural translation
  • Translator and interpreter training
  • Business translation
  • Vocabulary acquisition and assessment


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Support & development

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a friendly and supportive study environment for research students studying subjects within Humanities & Social Sciences.

Our staff will support you through your studies and you'll become part of a community of students who get involved with our workshops, seminars and competitions.

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD) for MPhil/MRes

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and helps you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferrable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Find out more about the PgCert RPD programme.


The University Careers Service can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation. Take a look at our careers service pages to get more information.

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have a wide range of support for all students here at Strathclyde. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent. The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

Find out more about the Doctoral School

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Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree at Strathclyde?

Read our step-by-step guide on how to submit your application.

How to apply
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Entry requirements

You normally require to have a first-class or upper second-class UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in Spanish, French or Italian.

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 250 to 1,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.


You'll need to identify your research supervisor before you finalise your application, preferably as soon as possible. When you've identified a potential supervisor, based upon how well your research interests match theirs, drop them an email to introduce yourself.In the email, make sure you attach a draft of your research proposal along with a copy of your CV. Don't worry about how rough your research proposal may be at this stage – you'll have help from the School of Humanities to refine it.

If your chosen supervisor is unavailable to work with you, they'll confirm this and nominate a potential second supervisor. As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer of study will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.

When you accept our offer, you'll receive a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.

Accepting an offer

When you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

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Contact us

Professor Richard Finlay

Telephone: +44 (0)141 444 8350


Modern languages

Telephone: +44 (0)141 444 8402