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Languages Cultures & Linguistics - Research

A love of research can sometimes blossom early, but it may also emerge more gradually. It may be fostered during your undergraduate study, but could equally develop at a later stage based on an idea for a project, or following travel, work or general life experience. It may be sparked by a particular cultural or intellectual encounter or simply from curiosity and interest in further study. Carrying out postgraduate research can be an enriching experience as well as leading to an internationally recognized qualification that can not only open doors to career opportunities, but can – for those research graduates who may not be certain whether they wish to remain entirely in academic life – greatly enhance the opportunities for progression within companies, organisations and a wide range of professions. An MLitt or PhD in a Language (or Languages) & Literature(s), in Linguistics, or in the study of Culture is a key specialization for many walks of life, as well as being a pathway to a career in the academic and educational spheres.

If you are thinking about further study, we would like to welcome you to come to speak with us at any time; our staff are actively conducting research, they will share your enthusiasm and will be very happy to help you find a research project. You can view their research interests and see those areas in which they offer supervision here. Both MLitt and PhD degrees involve working with an academic supervisor. She or he will guide you from the early stages of developing a research project to bringing it to conclusion.

Typically, an MLitt research degree (full-time) will take two years. A PhD is a research degree that normally takes three-to-four years. (Both degrees are also available part-time, and an MLitt student can transfer into a PhD degree, shortening the length of time for that programme). Both the MLitt and PhD programmes involve writing a longer research Dissertation and also incorporate some taught elements.

*Please note that the part-time option is only available to EU students


Z113/Z184 MLitt 2 years full-time / 4 years part-time
Z129/Z130 PhD 3 years full-time / 6 years part-time

Further enquiries

For further academic enquiries please contact the SLCL Head of Graduate Studies:
Dr Síofra Pierse (

•Other enquiries about the PhD/MLitt programmes please contact our Postgraduate Administrator:
Melanie Pape (

Application date

To apply you will need to first identify a potential supervisor with similar research interests to yourself in one of these subject areas and then make contact with them about preparing a proposal. Individual staff research profiles may be found on our Research page and through our staff profiles.

Registration periods are at the beginning of: September, January or May.
•The School strongly recommends entering the programme in September, which is the beginning of the academic year.
•Applications should be made at least 4-5 months prior to the Registration deadline.
•Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application following an assessment process which takes approximately 2-3 weeks (5-6 weeks during the summer break, June to August).

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: To be agreed with school.

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