Modern Languages

PhD research

Modern Languages has a proud reputation for research. We have a large community of PhD students working in a variety of different areas.

Apply for a PhD in Modern Languages.

Research specialities

We are particularly well-placed to supervise research in the following areas:

  • Film, theatre and visual culture
  • Politics and cultures
  • Gender studies
  • Contemporary cultural and literary studies
  • Postcolonial, migration and regional studies
  • Latin American culture, travel writing and literary theory
  • Memory and Holocaust studies
  • Translation and interpreting

Find out more about our research clusters and look for a supervisor in your area of interest.


To apply, you will need a good first degree (First or 2:1) and normally a Masters degree in a relevant area. We suggest that you contact individual members of staff or email in the first instance to discuss your project informally. You will then be able to make a formal application, drawing upon the following resources:

Funding and support

Leicester is part of the AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C), which brings together six leading universities in the Midlands region and funds a number of PhD studentships each year. For more information about the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Centre, including details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas, please visit the consortium’s website, our own M4C page or contact our postgraduate admissions team.

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