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PhD Study at MML

PhD study is offered in each of the Faculty's Sections: French, German & Dutch, Italian, Slavonic Studies, Spanish & Portuguese, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, and Film and Screen Studies.


Sections

Please refer to the relevant Section/Centre website:

 

Current PhD Students 

You can find lists of our current PhD students by clicking on the links below:


PhD Research

A PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is a substantial piece of original scholarship, for which the research and writing-up can be reasonably expected to be completed in three/four years: in MML the maximum word limit is 80,000 words. For the purposes of a PhD, the notion of originality means that the thesis should represent a significant contribution to learning, through the discovery of new knowledge, or through the connection of previously unrelated facts, or the development of new theory, or the revision of older views, or some combination of these different criteria. 

During the period of research, students will  work closely with a Supervisor who is a specialist in their research area. Students are additionally assigned an Advisor who acts as a second point of contact for academic advice. In addition to providing specialist supervision, the Faculty runs a programme of professional training for the benefit of all research students.

Requirements

Applicants for PhD study should have achieved a strong honours degree in a relevant field, with clear evidence of research potential, and a distinction in their UK Master's Degree (or equivalent).

For those applying to continue from the MPhil to PhD, the minimum academic standard is a distinction on the MPhil.

If you are not a native English speaker we would expect you to have passed an English Language Proficiency test at the required level. The following examinations with minimum scores are accepted: IELTS 7.5 (with a minimum of 7 in each unit), TOEFL iBT 110 (with at least 25 in each individual element), CAE Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment, CPE Grade A, B or C (with at least 200 in each individual element).  

Other (non-English) language skills in a particular area may be required depending on the specific nature of your research proposal.


How to Apply & Funding

You can apply online at the Graduate Admissions website.  Their site also provides detail on the course structure and content, fee rates, information on the College system, and information regarding the application process. You do not need to approach a supervisor before applying.

Please find further information regarding applications and funding on our Applying to MML page.

Finding a Prospective Supervisor

All students who are admitted to the Faculty will be assigned a Supervisor to work with them and support them in their research. It is recommended that applicants informally approach a potential Supervisor to discuss their proposed research project in advance of applying. Students are encouraged to consult the Faculty's Academic staff pages within the relevant Section/Centre to help identify a suitable potential supervisor. When completing their online application for admission, applicants should nominate a Supervisor with whom they wish to work, and the Faculty will take into account this preference. However please note that this does not guarantee that the Supervisor will be appointed. In June/July each year the MML Degree Committee will monitor the supervision load for each member of academic staff in the faculty and in some cases may decide to appoint another suitable Supervisor.


Supporting Documents

Once you have submitted your Applicant Portal application online and paid the application fee, you will later receive an email which will grant you access to your Applicant Self-Service. At this stage you will be able to upload your supporting documents.

  • Academic transcripts for any degree-level courses you have taken.
  • Evidence of your English ability (if you are not a native English speaker).
  • A sample of writing, of approx 5,000-10,000 words. The sample can be either an essay produced during master's-level studies or a section of a dissertation, and must be a single-authored work. 
  • A research proposal, approx 500-1,000 words, written in English.
  • Your curriculum vitae (CV).

In the applications portal you will be asked to enter details of your nominated referees. They will then be sent an automated email asking them to provide an electronic reference via the applications portal. It is recommended that you allow several weeks before the application/funding deadline to allow time for this process.

Further information on supporting documents can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.


Consideration of Applications

Please note that admissions are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


Consortium in Latin American Cultural Studies 

If you are applying to the Section of Spanish and Portuguese and wish to work on any topic within Latin American literary, visual, or cultural studies, you may wish to read about the new Consortium in Latin American Cultural Studies for PhD students.