Languages and Area Studies, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #501 (WUR) ,
The School of Languages and Area Studies (SLAS) is one of the largest, well-established departments of its kind in the UK. We can offer PhD supervision in a wide range of themes and disciplines, with particular expertise in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, language education, translation, international development, African studies, American studies, European studies and East Asian studies.


As a doctoral student, you can undertake your studies on a full- or part-time basis under the supervision of internationally recognised researchers who will welcome you into our vibrant research environment. Our doctoral students are fully supported throughout their period of study by their supervisory team, the Graduate School and the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR). Our PhD programme provides you with a range of opportunities to develop your subject-specific and generic skills as a researcher, with a view to your future career development. These might include training in the use of specific software, workplace placements, training for teaching in higher education, support in getting published and opportunities to present in seminars and conferences and organise your own workshops.

Research CentreThe Centre for European and International Studies Research:All researchers in the School of Languages and Area Studies belong to the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR). This is a major interdisciplinary centre which brings together researchers and postgraduates from across the university, including linguists, historians, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists and specialists in area studies. CEISR is organised into eight research clusters:
  • Francophone Africa
  • Justice in Fragile States
  • Language Across Borders
  • Security, Citizenship and Social Justice
  • Social and Cultural History
  • Sociology and Social Theory
  • Transnational Europe
  • Women and Gender Studies.
As a PhD student in SLAS, you will automatically become a member of CEISR and at least one of its research clusters.Student DestinationsOne of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Programme Structure

Module DetailsCommunication and Applied Linguistics
  • Functional linguistics and discourse analysis
  • Multimodality
  • Corpus linguistics
  • English Language Teaching
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Second language acquisition
  • World Englishes and English as a lingua franca
  • Multilingualism and language diversity
  • Language and identity
  • Language, gender and sexuality
  • Language and globalisation
  • Translation and politics
  • Film remakes and subtitling
  • New media
  • Creative uses of translation and adaptation, including fan translation
  • Translation pedagogy
  • Interpreting
International development studies
  • Gender-based violence
  • Religion and development
  • Global health issues and poverty
  • Migration and immigration
  • Citizenship and multiculturalism
  • Cultural development
  • Transnational justice
African Studies
  • Franco-African relations in the colonial and post-colonial period (North and Sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Decolonisation (notably Algeria and West Africa)
  • Post-colonial and post-conflict state-building
  • Nation-building, including language, culture and memory
  • Pan-Africanism, Blackness and diaspora
  • Humanitarian interventions and peace operations
  • Gender
European Studies
  • European integration
  • The EU as a global actor and foreign policy
  • Right-wing extremism
  • National identity and state formation
  • Intersectionality, discrimination, race and racism
  • Jews in Central and Eastern Europe before 1939
  • Memory politics
American Studies
  • Transatlantic relations
  • American Revolution
  • Colonial North America/ British Atlantic World
  • African-American, Hispanic, women’s, youth and gay civil rights movements of the 20th century

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to face-to-face or telephone interview.
  • Translation and Literary Studies requires English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5. Other subject areas require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12600 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4121 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4121 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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