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Modern Languages and Linguistics 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 and Linguistics 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.

We were pleased to be placed in the top 20 ‘power’ ranking.


Breaking new ground

Modern Languages and Linguistics 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.  

Research excellence

The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) ranked us in the top 5 of all modern languages and linguistics programmes 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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