Castle of Carcassonne, France

PhD, MPhil, MResModern languages

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 five 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

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD) programme 

As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD). 

This certificate is designed to support you with your research and rewards you for things you'll do as a research student here.

It'll help you improve skills which are important to professional development and employability:

  • the knowledge & intellectual abilities to conduct your research
  • the personal qualities to succeed in your research & chosen career
  • the standards, requirements & conduct of a professional researcher in your discipline
  • working with others & communicating the impact of your research to a wide range of audiences

All you have to do is plan these activities alongside your doctorate, documenting and reflecting your journey to success along the way.

Find out more about the PG Cert RPD programme.




NameAreas of Expertise
Alan Morris
  • Patrick Modiano
  • Postwar French literature
  • The legacy of the Occupation
  • Didier Daeninckx
  • The French néo-polar
Karine Varley
  • France in the Second World War
  • France since 1789
  • Corsica
  • Memory and commemoration
  • Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871  
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 


NameAreas of Expertise
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 C19th
  • The figure of the diva and celebrity culture
Paul Hare
  • Literary and artistic patronage in Italian Renaissance Courts
  • Language Acquisition in Scotland       


NameAreas of Expertise
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
  • Julio Ramón Ribeyro
  • Films of Guillermo del Toro  


NameAreas of Expertise
Hui Li
  • Translator and interpreter training
  • Business translation
  • Vocabulary acquisition and assessment
  • Cultural translation

Fees & funding


All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

2019/20 entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

Scotland/ EU

  • £4,327

Rest of UK

  • £4,327

International students

  • £13,550


The Dean’s Global Research Scholarship (up to 10 Awards) will help to cover the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU postgraduate student and that chargeable to an overseas postgraduate research student. The award will apply for each year of study up to 3 years.

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.

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

How can I apply?

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Entry requirements

We look for a first or 2:1 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 & 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 1500-2000 words in length, detailing the subject area & 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.

If you accept our offer, you'll then be sent a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.

Accepting an offer

Once 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.

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Support & development

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a friendly and supportive study environment for all our 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 out workshops, seminars and competitions.

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and help 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 PG Cert RPD programme.


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