Want to write a dissertation in French, German, Spanish or Italian?

Wednesday 28 October 2015

The Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), a member of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS), has launched a modern languages Master’s programme for those who are interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of translation theory, and developing advanced critical and analytical research skills.

The new Master’s by research in modern languages, which has already started registering students, is a flexible one-year course. It consists of a dissertation on a suitable topic, a postgraduate research training course offered at IMLR throughout the year, and a module on ‘translation theory’ taught at SOAS, University of London.

The 25,000-word dissertation, agreed with supervisors who are experts in their field, will be on a topic of the student’s choice and written in English or the language of study - French/Francophone, German, Italian, and Spanish/Latin American.

Professor Catherine Davies, director of the Institute of Modern Languages Research, says: 'Why not write a dissertation in French, German, Spanish or Italian? This is a particularly useful degree for mature students.'

For the duration of this degree, students will have direct access to IMLR’s academics with world-leading expertise in this area, face-to-face supervision and small group specialist research training in a well-established research training programme. It takes advantage of the exceptional resources of Senate House Library especially in Germanic studies and Latin American studies, and of the Centres for Exile Studies, Contemporary Women’s Writing and Cultural Memory. Supervision is also available in Francophone/North African studies through SAS’s Centre for Postcolonial Studies, which is led by Professor Andrew Hussey, the School's first professor of cultural history, and an expert in European and North African relations. 

By providing students, who are expected to have native or near native fluency in English and in the language of study, with the opportunity to research literature, film, cultural memory, women’s writing, exile studies, migrant studies, cultural history, history of ideas and translation studies, this advanced degree is designed to be a stepping-stone to a research career.

Professor Andrew Hussey, director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies, describes the programme as an ‘intellectual adventure’. He explains that, 'When you write in a language which is not your own, the cultural filter is removed and you are really participating in discourse, rather than simply describing it. Hard to think of a more exciting intellectual adventure!'

In common with other Master’s programmes offered by the School, Master’s by research in modern languages will offer intense and challenging content and learning.

For more information about the degree please contact: modernlanguages@sas.ac.uk, Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

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Notes to Editors:

1. For further information, please contact: Maureen McTaggart, Media and Public Relations Officer, School of Advanced Study, University of London +44 (0)20 7862 8653  / Maureen.mctaggart@sas.ac.uk.

2. The Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) was established in 2004 through a merger of the Institute of Germanic Studies and the Institute of Romance Studies, founded in 1950 and 1989 respectively. Until August 2013, IMLR was known as the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies when it was renamed to emphasise its national research role and to embrace its wider remit. The Institute is committed to facilitating, initiating and promoting dialogue and research for the Modern Languages community. www.modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk

3. The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and support of research in the humanities and celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015. It was officially opened on 15 March 1995, by Sir Anthony Kenny as a federation of the University of London’s research institutes and, since then, has established itself as the UK’s national humanities hub, publicly funded to support and promote research in the humanities nationally and internationally. SAS and its member institutes offer unparalleled academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. In 2013-14, SAS: welcomed 743 research fellows and associates; held 2,081 research dissemination events; received 26.4 million visits to its digital research resources and platforms; and received 202,891 visits to its specialist libraries and collections. The School also leads the UK’s only nationwide festival of the humanities: Being Human. Find out more at www.sas.ac.uk or follow SAS on Twitter at @SASNews

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