Modern Languages (Taught) Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Awarded by: University of London

The degree is offered to students who would like specific training for postgraduate research in modern languages aiming ultimately at a PhD, or who wish to take a challenging end-stopped Master’s.

The Master of Research is a flexible programme that allows in-depth study under the supervision of experts in the field and provides excellent preparation for a student wishing to continue to doctoral study. The dissertation gives the student scope to explore an area of interest in depth and to develop advanced critical and analytical research skills. Students receive face-to-face supervision and specialist research training in small groups within a well-established research training programme. Dissertation supervision is also available in the field of Francophone/North African studies via the Centre of Postcolonial Studies.

The course is underpinned by exceptional resources in the Senate House Library, a diverse range of seminars and conferences, and networks associated with the specialist centres within the Institute: the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing, the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature and Culture, the Centre for Quebec and French-Canadian Studies and the Ernst Bloch Centre.

The MRes is further supported by the digital resources of the PORT (postgraduate online research training) website,, part of which is tailored specifically to the needs of students and researchers in modern languages. It includes a variety of resources, ranging from introductory training manuals on conducting research in modern languages via language-specific materials to video clips advising on the preparation for the viva or for job interviews.

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