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Modern LanguagesPart of Humanities


Modern Languages has a thriving research community and is home to several internationally renowned research centres.

Our research covers French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies, Portuguese and linguistics with particular focus on film and television, linguistics, literature, culture, society, politics, history, anthropology and transnational studies.

Modern Languages at the University of Southampton are ranked as fifth in the UK for the overall quality of our research (Grade Point Average) out of 57 submissions nationally. We were one of six groups in the University to be ranked in the top five in their subject area.

As a medium sized department, we were pleased to be placed in the top 20 ‘power’ ranking, where quality is multiplied by the size of department.


Breaking new ground

Modern Languages staff are engaged in research on a wide range of topics.  

Exploring language

We have three major research centres in the areas of transnational study, linguistics and global Englishes.  

Joining the debate

Our seminars are open to academics, students and the general public.  

Research excellence

The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) ranked us in the top 5 of all modern languages departments in the UK for our research, with 84% of our research rated world leading or internationally excellent (grade 4* or 3*).

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    Foodways of Knowing: Culture and Identity ...

    Explore and experience Portuguese food cultures.

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    SiS 2017: Language Ideologies in the Spani...

    Beliefs about language and language uses play a central role in soc...

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