Languages and Area Studies (Research) 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

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    February 2018

  • Duration

    2 years


Course details

Modules

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

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

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

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
Gender

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. 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 £4,121 Year 1
EU £4,121 Year 1
International £12,600 Year 1
England £4,121 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4,121 Year 1
Scotland £4,121 Year 1
Wales £4,121 Year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are subject to annual increase.

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