PhD in Modern Languages
ILCS provides first-class PhD supervision and guidance from academics who are leaders in their field, in collaboration with specialists at other institutions where appropriate. In addition to offering a PhD programme in Modern Languages, the Institute is also able to offer PhD study in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
The strength of ILCS lies in its established expertise in the language fields of French, German, Italian, and Spanish and in the study of the mobility of people, practices, and ideas. The academic staff of the Institute specialise in the study of literature and culture in comparative and transnational perspective, in the history of ideas, in digital humanities, and in multilingualism.
The Institute supports, promotes, and facilitates research in Modern Languages. Though the Institute has established strengths in French, German, Italian, and Spanish, its work is increasingly focused on the study of language and culture in transnational perspective and the research that it supports is global in reach. The Institute enables researchers to collaborate in a wide range of national and international networks and activities, to engage in innovative research, and to demonstrate research value to the wider public. It offers research degrees and is the leading national provider in doctoral training for Modern Languages.
ILCS and its six research centres run and contribute to national and international cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural research seminars, lectures, workshops, colloquia, and conferences. The Institute also hosts a thriving publications series, a conference support scheme, and a fellowships programme.
In close collaboration with the University Council for Modern Languages, the British Academy, and language area subject associations, ILCS plays a leading role in debates that concern the shape of the disciplinary area and its engagement with issues of high topical concern. It aims to ensure that the social, cultural, and economic benefits of Modern Languages research are widely recognised.
Students have access to networks associated with the Centres for German & Austrian Exile Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Contemporary Women’s Writing, Cultural Memory, Ernst Bloch, and Austrian Literature & Culture. More broadly, the School of Advanced Study also draws on its expertise in research and teaching to provide programmes of varied and challenging research and skills training. These programmes help support our students and graduate researchers in their wider preparation for careers, in academia or elsewhere.