PhD in Modern Languages and Area Studies
The School of Languages and Area Studies (SLAS) is one of the largest, well-established departments of its kind in the UK. We can offer Ph.D. supervision in a wide range of themes and disciplines, with particular expertise in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, language education, translation, international development, African studies, American studies, European studies and East Asian studies.
As a doctoral student, you can undertake your studies on a full- or part-time basis under the supervision of internationally recognized researchers who will welcome you into our vibrant research environment. Our doctoral students are fully supported throughout their period of study by their supervisory team, the Graduate School and the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR).
All researchers in the School of Languages and Area Studies belong to the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR). This is a major interdisciplinary center which brings together researchers and postgraduates from across the university, including linguists, historians, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists and specialists in area studies. CEISR is organized into eight research clusters:
- Francophone Africa
- Justice in the Fragile States
- Language Across Borders
- Security, Citizenship and Social Justice
- Social and Cultural History
- Sociology and Social Theory
- Transnational Europe
- Women and Gender Studies.
The School welcomes applications from candidates wishing to pursue a higher degree by research. We can provide supervision across a range of areas, including Communication and Applied Linguistics, Translation and Interpreting, Language Education, International Development, African Studies, American Studies, European Studies and East Asian Studies.
Funded Ph.D. Opportunities
- The development of methodologies for mainstreaming a violence against women and girls lens inside evaluations of international social development programmes. (application deadline 22nd January 2018)
- Trade, Gender, and Development: A Comparative Analysis into the impact of trade policies on Women in Selected Special Economic Zones (SEZ) of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and/or the South Asian Nation for Regional Cooperation (SARC). (application deadline 22nd January 2018)
- Talking about other people’s terror attacks (application deadline 22nd January 2018)
Our dedicated Graduate School is the first port of call for information for all postgraduate research students and supervisors. We support, administer and coordinate training for the MPhil, Ph.D. and Professional Doctorate programmes.
As a research degree student at the University of Portsmouth, you will have access to the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers broad-based generic skills training with over 150 workshops on a wide range of topics including research design, doctoral process, and career development. These popular and highly rated workshops are delivered by our expert tutors from across the University and support our students at all stages of their research degree.
Find a supervisor
Please contact us to discuss your research ideas in more detail and to ensure that we have the supervisory expertise available to support your intended research area. We can then put you in touch with a potential supervisor.
A good first degree from an internationally recognized university (depending upon the chosen course, minimum second class or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.
For students whose first language is not English, an English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0 is required.Translation and Literary Studies requires English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
Start dates: October and February.
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Last updated February 14, 2018