Languages and Area Studies (Research) University of Portsmouth
University of Portsmouth

The School of Languages and Area Studies (SLAS) is one of the largest, well-established departments of its kind in the United Kingdom. We currently undertake research and teaching of six languages (French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish and English as a foreign language) and associated area studies such as applied linguistics, francophone, communication and language skills, translation and technical communication studies. We offer a dynamic environment for the study and research of modern languages and area studies, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

  • Qualification

    Master of Philosophy - MPhil

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    October 2018

  • Duration

    2 years

Course details


Research areas include:
Communication and Applied Linguistics:
Functional linguistics and discourse analysis
Corpus linguistics
English Language Teaching
English for Specific Purposes
Second language acquisition

World Englishes and English as a lingua franca
Multilingualism and language diversity
Language and identity
Language, gender and sexuality
Language and globalisation

Translation and politics
Film remakes and subtitling
New media
Creative uses of translation and adaptation, including fan translation
Translation pedagogy

International development studies:
Gender-based violence
Religion and development
Global health issues and poverty
Migration and immigration
Citizenship and multiculturalism
Cultural development
Transnational justice

African Studies:
Franco-African relations in the colonial and post-colonial period (North and Sub-Saharan Africa)
Decolonisation (notably Algeria and West Africa)
Post-colonial and post-conflict state-building
Nation-building, including language, culture and memory
Pan-Africanism, Blackness and diaspora
Humanitarian interventions and peace operations

European Studies:
European integration
The EU as a global actor and foreign policy
Right-wing extremism
National identity and state formation
Intersectionality, discrimination, race and racism
Jews in Central and Eastern Europe before 1939
Memory politics

American Studies:
Transatlantic relations
American Revolution
Colonial North America/ British Atlantic World
African-American, Hispanic, women’s, youth and gay civil rights movements of the 20th century

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a Master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to face-to-face or telephone interview.
Translation and Literary Studies requires English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5. Other subject areas require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £4,195 Year 1
EU £4,195 Year 1
International £13,200 Year 1
England £4,195 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4,195 Year 1
Scotland £4,195 Year 1
Wales £4,195 Year 1

Additional fee information

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