University of Reading

University of Reading


We are a university that undertakes world-leading research and teaching across four distinct areas: French studies; Italian studies; German studies; and Spanish and Latin American studies. Our Department combines the study of languages with history, politics, literature, linguistics, film and culture; 98% of our research overall was rated of international standing.[1] Our research performance was exceptionally strong and we were rated 4th in the UK for impact[2] and 5th for research intensity[3]. We were also commended for the effective integration of doctoral students into our research environment. The collaboration between areas within the Department, as well as with complementary departments at Reading and international universities, provides further opportunities for contact with other researchers. [1] Based on our submissions judged to be world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework, 2014 - Modern Languages and Linguistics. [2] Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked By Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014. [3] Times Higher Education Subject Ranking on Intensity, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014. **Research areas include:** translation and modernism; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German language, literature and culture; critical discourse analysis; political communication, media discourse, public debates about language use; East German literature and war film. Please see our website for further course information:

Entry requirements

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD: An Honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent; combined with a good understanding of the language.

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Research candidates may apply for an Arts and Humanities Research Board studentship.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Full-time September 2019 - 2 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2019 - 3 Years

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Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading RG6 6UR South East

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