Aston University

Aston University

Research Languages (French, German, Spanish) and Translation Studies

This new distance learning research programme in the area of Languages (French, German, Spanish) and Translation Studies builds upon our existing experience in providing distance learning PhD programmes. This programme aims to: - deepen your knowledge of key issues at the forefront of French, German, Spanish or Translation Studies - enhance your knowledge of a range of research traditions, methods and techniques relevant to your academic and professional development - enable you to design and implement a research project that makes an original contribution in the area of French, German, Spanish or Translation Studies in terms of new knowledge, applications or understanding - encourage and promote learning, personal development and self-awareness - develop the capacity for reflective, critical and independent thought and action in relation to your studies

Entry requirements

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD: Applicants should: Possess a Masters degree from a UK university or hold an equivalent qualification. An overall merit or equivalent, with merit in the dissertation is normally required; Have the required skills and experience; Submit a research proposal outline (typically 8-12 pages) on a relevant subject (see 'How To Apply').

Assessment methods

The programme is designed to meet the needs of individual students. You will be given an individually-tailored learning pathway, in consultation with the Programme Director and supervisor, based on previous experience and qualifications. During the first two years (of the part-time programme), all students will complete core Research Methods training. You will be communicating with your supervisor using up-to-date virtual learning environment (VLE) software All students will submit a qualifying report before the end of their second year. Students who successfully complete the qualifying report will complete a 60,000 word thesis. The thesis is the culmination of doctoral level study and is a substantial piece of work which constitutes an original contribution to your chosen field. The thesis can be in any area of French, German, Spanish or Translation Studies which is compatible with the research interests of academic members of staff in the School. The thesis should normally be around 60,000 words long and written in English. (It may be possible to submit a thesis in the target language subject to special approval.)


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Distance learning (part-time) October 2018 - 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Distance learning (part-time) January 2019 - 4 Years

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