Our key underlying research themes are contemporary language, linguistics, culture and society. Our staff are experienced supervisors, engaged in innovative research and postgraduate teaching, and there are excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary research.
Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator (Admissions):
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 3975
Application process and required supporting documents
- University online application including a personal statement.
- Research proposal
- 2 references
- English language certification (if relevant)
Candidates are advised to contact prospective supervisors with the subject of their proposed research prior to application.
Contact for postgraduate enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8062
Duration: Up to four years (full time); up to seven years (part time);
Assessment: Thesis (max. 75,000 words), viva voce
Start date: Normally September and January each year
Closing date: 3 months before start date (also dependent on funding body deadlines); an application decision cannot be guaranteed in time for programme commencement unless a complete application is received in good time - students requiring a visa to study should also allow extra time for visa processes; informal enquiries welcome at any time
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Typical entry requirements
Academic entry requirements: First or upper second-class honours degree and normally Masters at Merit * level, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English, modern languages, or a cognate discipline. (*Merit 60%-69%, Distinction 70+%)
Evidence of achievement in the merit-distinction range at MA level. Where a Masters with dissertation has already been completed we expect applicants to have attained a mark for the dissertation component in the upper merit range or above (or international equivalent)
Equivalent Qualifications: We will also consider candidates who do not have a Masters degree if they can demonstrate; outstanding undergraduate performance including evidence of preparedness for research (e.g. first class honours and 75% or more in the dissertation in a relevant subject); or other appropriate qualifications.
English language entry requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
Selection process: Online application and interview
Applications will be assessed under the following
- Evidence of achievement in the merit-distinction range at MA level.
- In cases where a Masters with dissertation has already been completed we expect applicants to have attained a mark for the dissertation component in the upper merit range or above (or international equivalent).
- Evidence of general academic aptitude
- Preparedness or promise for doctoral research
- Quality of the research project proposal
- Fit with Southampton's research expertise
Applicant Quality: Your application will be judged against the following criteria:
it provides evidence that you meet our entry requirements
it demonstrates your personal suitability and commitment to undertake Doctoral study
it provides supportive references that indicate your suitability to undertake a PhD
it presents a well-focused and high quality research proposal which indicates potential to contribute original research to the discipline
it demonstrates critical awareness of the scholarly field to which the research will contribute, and appropriate methods to carry out this work
it may strengthen your application if you can demonstrate genuine interest in working with a named academic in the department
Personal Statement: Use your Personal Statement to provide additional information relevant to your application. This should include the following:
outline your reasons for wishing to conduct postgraduate research in your chosen area
explain how your proposed research matches the research environment and supervisory expertise offered by Modern Languages at Southampton
reflect on how your education, skills, and experience will equip you for PhD study and to undertake your planned research
indicate details of any other achievements/interests
indicate any special circumstances pertaining to the academic record
tell us what you hope to get from the programme
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Typical course content
The PhD by Research programme has no modules per semester. Instead it is an entirely research-oriented programme in which studenst conduct original research under the guidance of their supervisors.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.
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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.Explore funding opportunities
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.