Postgraduate research in Modern Languages
Our research, and research supervision, ranges across a wide variety of disciplines including European Literature and Culture, Film, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Gender Studies, and Translation, and reaches across time from the medieval to the contemporary.
Thesis title: Living on the edge: accent and identity in the (Franco-)Belgian borderland
Supervisors: Dr Zoë Boughton, Prof. Aidan Coveney
Funding: AHRC funding
Exeter is one of the leading institutions in the UK for French linguistics, with research specialisms in sociolinguistics and dialectology. Modules I took with the esteemed scholars Zoë Boughton and Aidan Coveney during my undergraduate studies sparked a passion for French linguistics that has endured. There is only one place I would want to do a PhD in French linguistics, and that’s at Exeter under the supervision of Zoë Boughton and Aidan Coveney.
Thesis title: Reception of Contemporary French Women Writers
Supervisors: Dr Fiona Cox, Dr Maria Scott
Funding: College of Humanities Studentship
I chose Exeter for my PhD due to the expertise, and support of the Modern Languages department. My supervisors are always helpful and encouraging, and I felt included in the research community from day 1. There are numerous opportunities for personal and professional development, and the College are incredibly supportive when it comes to student projects and initiatives.
Thesis title: Representations of Female Homosociality in French Belle Epoque Popular Culture (1880-1914)
Supervisors: Dr Maria Scott, Dr Fiona Cox
Funding: College of Humanities PhD studentship (Home/EU)
On top of the excellent supervision provided by my supervisors, I experience a great sense of community and appreciate all the training, networking, and financial opportunities that we are given in order to conduct our researches at a world class level. I chose the University of Exeter because I knew that in this dynamic and stimulating environment I could grow both as a researcher and as a person.
Thesis title: The role of the translator in creating cultural identity (an examination of English and Russian texts for tourists in Australia, China, Finland and regions of Russian Federation)
Supervisors: Richard Mansell, Muireann Maguire
For me to study in the University of Exeter means to get a high standard degree. The University of Exeter is not only highly valued internationally but its rank is among the world's best institutions in humanities subjects. To be awarded a doctorate degree by the University of Exeter means that my future will be successful and challenging. There are also a very small amount of universities (even around the world) which have a high quality of translation studies programme (Exeter University is among them).
Researchers in Modern Languages are actively engaged in projects across a broad range of subjects, including linguistics and translation studies, film, visual arts, and literary culture.
Our research-active academic staff, supported by a team of language teachers which includes native-speaker teachers, are highly successful in winning prestigious research awards from funding bodies including the AHRC, British Academy, EU, Leverhulme, and Marie-Curie.
Our wide range of expertise offers postgraduates the possibility of preparing for research degrees in one or more areas. We attach particular importance to the quality of research supervision and training in research methodology and to the integration of our postgraduates into the Department’s academic and research community. Scholars of international repute are frequent visitors.
Visit our Modern Languages staff profiles for details on individual staff research interests and publications.
Our current PGRs
We're proud of the research carried out by our PhD students. There are currently around 15 PhD students in the Department, many of whom maintain an online personal profile detailing their research activities. Follow the links below to find out more about them and their research projects.
|Student||Research title||First supervisor||Second supervisor|
|Giada Alessandroni||Female Friendship and Sociability in Nineteenth-Century French Literature||Dr Maria Scott||Dr Fiona Cox|
|Maria Anesti||Oriental Arcadia: The entangled histories of living with nature, China and Europe||Dr Yue Zhuang|
|Sandra Daroczi||Reception of contemporary Francophone women writers||Dr Fiona Cox||Dr Maria Scott|
|Laura Dragomir||Die Neue Frau im sozialen Milieu: Literarische Darstellungen erotischer Emanzipationsansprueche von der Jahrhundertwende zur Weimarer Republik.||Professor Ricarda Schmidt||Professor Ulrike Zitzlsperger|
|Sarah Foxen||Historical and contemporary perspectives on Belgium and the Franco-Belgian border.||Dr Zoë Boughton||Professor Aidan Coveney|
|Russell Sanchez||The Nature of Trade: Idelogical Dispositions Towards Nature, and their Impact on Dutch Chinese Trade in the Late 18th Century||Dr Yue Zhuang||Professor Emma Cayley|
|Maria Selezneva||The role of the translator in creating cultural identity (an examination of English and Russian texts for tourists in Australia, China, Finland and regions of the Russian Federation)||Dr Richard Mansell||Dr Muireann Maguire|
Supervisors - all students have a primary and a secondary supervisor who provide regular, high quality advice, support and direction in their academic endeavours. You will work closely with your supervisors over three to four years (full time PhD) or six to seven (part-time PhD) to develop, investigate and write-up a project at the cutting edge of theological research.
Visit our staff profiles for more information about individual research interests or use the search box on the right of this page to find a supervisor.
Mentor - each student will also be assigned a mentor who will take on a pastoral role and mediate on any problems that arise during the period of study. Your mentor will keep in regular contact and will provide background stability and support.
Graduate School Office - the College of Humanities has a dedicated Graduate School Office that supports our postgraduate research students during their study with us. The Office promotes intellectual and social contact between research students in all our disciplines to foster a vibrant research community within the College.
Funding opportunities available to students on our research degree programmes in Modern Languages:*
|Class of 2020 Progression Award||20% reduction in first year tuition fee||There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered.||A tuition fee discount for current University of Exeter students completing a full degree in 2020 and progressing directly to a standalone postgraduate course in September 2020.|
|University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship||20% reduction in first year tuition fee||There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered.||A tuition fee discount for all University of Exeter alumni who start a postgraduate degree with us from September 2020.|
|Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards - 2021/22 competition||Full tuition fee waiver for one year of Masters / PhD & living stipend||Tue 13th Oct 2020||Our UK Partnership award with Fulbright is available for Masters or Doctoral students who are USA or dual USA:UK citizens wishing to study at the University. The award takes the form of a tuition fee waiver for the first year of graduate study (either Masters or PhD) and a living stipend. We also accept scholars in receipt of Fulbright 'Open Awards' (also referred to as the All Disciplines Award).|
|Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2020 (for least developed countries and fragile states)||Tuition fees, approved fares and stipend||Deadline passed
(Wed 30th Oct 2019)
|Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from the least developed countries and fragile states in the Commonwealth, put forward by various nominating bodies, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.|
|Said Foundation Scholarships||Varies||Deadline passed
(Fri 1st Nov 2019)
|The Said Foundation offers around thirty postgraduate scholarships to nationals from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria who are also permanent residents in these target countries.|
|2020/21 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships (low and middle income countries)||Visiting scholar tuition fee, approved fares, and personal maintenance||Deadline passed
(Wed 6th Nov 2019)
|Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.|
|China Scholarship Council and University of Exeter PhD Scholarships||Full tuition fees and Living Allowance||Deadline passed
(Mon 6th Jan 2020)
|The University of Exeter alongside the China Scholarship Council is pleased to offer fully funded studentship available for September 2020 entry.|
|Canadian Centennial Scholarships for current Canadian Postgraduates studying in the UK||£5,000.00||Deadline passed
(Sun 8th Mar 2020)
|Awards for study for Canadian Students who have already commenced their multi-year studies in the UK|
|Colciencias (Colombia)||Fully funded||Deadline passed
(Fri 1st May 2020)
|The University and Colciencias have agreed an MOU to promote long-term collaboration between the two organisations with the purpose of encouraging Colombian students to pursue Doctorate level studies.|
|Sanctuary Scholarship||Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant||Deadline passed
(Mon 18th May 2020)
|The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme enables individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able access student finance to study at the University of Exeter.|
|Sports Scholarship Scheme||up to £3,000 plus additional support services worth £3,500||Deadline passed
(Tue 30th Jun 2020)
|Sports scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of achievement at international level in their chosen sport.|
|US Department of Education - Federal Student Loan||Variable||Deadline passed
(Tue 30th Jun 2020)
|The federal government offers a number of financial aid programs, including these loans, to help pay for your education.|
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