MPhil/PhD in Languages and Cultures
ILCS supports research in the integrated study of languages, cultures, and societies. In addition to offering a PhD programme in Languages and Cultures, the Institute is also able to offer PhD study in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Though its strengths reside primarily within the fields of French and Francophone, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American/ Caribbean studies, the Institute supports the transnational study of languages and cultures while seeking to advance connections with organisations that focus on cultural and linguistic experience in other global contexts. Its staff’s expertise bridges literary, historical, ethnographic, and digital research, with a particular emphasis on postcolonial and migration studies, and the environmental humanities. ILCS is an integral part of the School of Advanced Study which, through the collective work of its eight Institutes, promotes interdisciplinary research.
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 of doctoral training for languages and cultures.
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. ILCS 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 research in the integrated study of languages, cultures, and societies research are widely recognised.