Languages research degrees

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Our Programmes

We offer postgraduate supervision in four European Languages and cultures - French, German, Italian and Hispanic studies - as well as Chinese Studies. Our research activity crosses traditional boundaries into areas of translation studies, comparative literature, cultural studies, gender studies, social, economic and political studies, Latin America, language learning and linguistics. We offer unique opportunities for research supervision in a wide variety of subjects at both MRes and PhD level.

The School of Histories, Languages and Cultures has excellent facilities in terms of dedicated language teaching rooms. There are eight main teaching rooms, all equipped with a full suite of PCs, AV system, projectors, DVD-players and a visualiser, and several have interactive whiteboards. One of the rooms functions as an interpreting suite, with nine interpreter booths. As well as this, we have the Language Learning Centre (LLC), hosting the expertise of trained language learning advisers whose role is to support students in their independent study. The availability of a team of language learning advisers is a feature which makes our Centre renowned nationally and internationally in the realm of language advising and independent learning. Postgraduate research students also benefit from the superb facilities of the newly restored Brynmor Jones Library.


The School engages in a range of interdisciplinary research activities that often cut across traditional language-centred boundaries. Our areas of particular expertise lie in six broad research groupings.

Potential doctoral research students are invited to follow the links to individual staff research pages to learn more about the research areas in which we can offer supervision:

Narrating the Past

Popular Cultures

Gender, Sexuality and Race

Violence, War and Conflict

Language Learning, Teaching and Linguistics

Political and Cultural Encounters

Admissions Status

Open for admission in 2017/18

Research options

PhD: 4 years (full-time) / 7 years (part-time)

MRes: 1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)


Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)

Overseas: £12,800 (full-time)

These fees are for all Languages research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Next Steps


For information on scholarships, bursaries and how to fund your studies see our Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Entry requirements

Acceptance on to these programmes is dependent on a strong undergraduate degree result and the availability of a suitable supervisor for the proposed work. You will have to submit a full research proposal and it is likely you will be interviewed about your research plans and organisation of the study.

International students (language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University?s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.


Languages at Hull are studied in the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures.

Our students consistently say they are the most satisfied in the country thanks to our cutting-edge facilities and forward-thinking programmes. Click here to view details of our current research students.