Doctoral research supervision is available in the Institute of Modern Languages Research in the following broad areas:

  • French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese studies
  • Literature
  • Cultural studies

Comparative and interdisciplinary studies are available in:

  • Borders
  • Cities and cultures
  • Exile writing
  • Film and cultural studies
  • French and Francophone studies
  • Gender and sexuality
  • German philosophy
  • German studies
  • Iberian and Latin American studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Jewish writing
  • Memory studies
  • Photography and memory in Latin America
  • Women's writing

To make an application for a research degree, speak first to the manager of the Institute.  Your particular research interest may be able to be supported, even though it is not listed.

Research degrees can be completed on a full-time basis (up to four years) or on a part-time basis (up to seven years).

Before agreeing to accept you, the Institute will require you to submit a research proposal, so it is worthwhile having this drafted ahead of a formal application. 

Once in contact with the Institute, they will put you in touch with a potential supervisor. It is important that you discuss your outline research proposal with them, and that you feel that you can work together. Your supervisor will discuss any further development or re-focusing of your proposal before the formal application is taken to the Institute Research Degrees Committee for approval.