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Languages, Cultures and Societies


Expertise of research area
anthropology; Caribbean Studies; East Asian studies; environmental humanities; film studies; German; memory studies; multilingualism; political science; queer studies; religion; translation studies; urban studies; activism; African studies; Ancient Greek; ancient history; applied linguistics; Arabic; area studies; art history; arts; Asia Pacific studies; Cantonese; Catalan; Chinese; cinema; classics; colonialism; communication studies; comparative literature; cultural geography; cultural heritage; cultural history; cultural policy; cultural studies; cultural theory; cultures; decolonial studies; development studies; dialectology; diaspora studies; digital cultures; digital humanities; discourse analysis; east asian studies; endagered languages ; English for Academic Purposes; ethnicity; European studies; filmmaking; French ; Galician; gender studies; heritage; history; humanities; identity; Indigenous studies; intercultural communication; Intercultural Studies; international relations; interpreting studies; Islamic studies; Italian ; Japanese; Jewish studies; Korean; language acquisition; language documentation; language pedagogy; language policy; language processing; language teaching technologies; languages; Latin; Latin American studies; linguistics; literary studies; majority world studies; Mandarin; marginalisation; media studies; medieval studies; Middle Eastern studies; minority languages; modern history; multimodality; nationalism; North African studies; pedagogy; performance; Persian; phonetics; popular cultures; popular music; Portuguese; postcolonialism; race; regional studies; Roman studies; Russian ; second language acquisition; social movements; societies; sociolinguistics; sociology; soft power; Southeast Asian studies; Spanish; speech production; subtitling; technology; Thai; theatre; translation technologies; transnationalism; world cinemas; world literatures

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies conducts world-leading research into human languages, cultures, and societies past and present.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>Our work is driven by the understanding of language as a route to historical, sociological, psychological, political, literary and cultural insights, and the desire to nuance the key debates of our times with linguistically and contextually well-informed contributions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our wide-ranging expertise covers&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies</a>, <a href="">Classics</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">East Asian Studies</a> (<a href="" target="_blank">Chinese</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Japanese</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Thai</a> and <a href="">Asia Pacific&nbsp;Studies</a>),<a href=""> Film Studies</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">French</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">German</a>, <a href="">Intercultural Studies</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Italian</a>, <a href="">Linguistics and Phonetics</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Russian</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies</a>, and <a href="">Translation and Interpreting Studies</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies conducts individual as well as collaborative, and interdisciplinary research through <a href="">Research Centres </a>and <a href="">Research Projects</a>, and supervises postgraduate researchers working on a wide range of topics.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>You can apply to study for a research degree at any time.&nbsp;</p> <p>We recommend you contact the Postgraduate Research Studies team in the School before submitting a formal application in order to identify a suitable supervisory team. Please attach a copy of your <a href="">research proposal </a>and a short CV at this stage.&nbsp;</p> <p>You may then be contacted either by the Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research Studies and/or by potential supervisors to discuss your proposal further.</p> <p>If your proposal is of a suitable standard and a supervisory team can be found that is a good fit for it, you will be invited to submit a<a href=""> full application online</a> so that your application can be assessed formally and, if successful, an offer of a place can be made.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can begin a research degree at two entry points per year (1 February and 1 October). Make sure you give yourself plenty of time before your intended start date to ensure that all documentation is in place. Please see the recommended PhD application deadlines <a href="">here</a>.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>To contact the School, please contact the Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, Dr David Pattinson,;<br /> For all other enquiries, please contact the Graduate School Office,</p>