Postgraduate study

Taught programmes (MA)

The School of Modern Languages offers the following Master's programmes, which can be taken either full-time (one year), part-time (two years). Translation students also have the option of part-time study over three years:

What is the MA in Comparative Literatures and Cultures?

Research programmes (MPhil, PhD)

The School of Modern Languages welcomes applications for postgraduate degrees by research. In addition to research topics focusing on single language areas, we actively encourage interdisciplinary research that cuts across languages or other intellectual disciplines in the Faculty of Arts. Joint supervision may be provided.

Research degrees can be taken in the following subjects:

Research clusters

See our school research clusters for more information on how our research activity is focused within Modern Languages.

Skills training

As an Arts student at Bristol, you will also benefit from a postgraduate skills training programme, which allows you to extend your range of academic and professional skills. You may also be given the chance at an appropriate stage to teach undergraduates, and you will be offered training for this purpose, leading to formal accreditation.

Faculty support

We foster a vibrant postgraduate community across the Faculty of Arts, providing you with dedicated support when you need it.


All subjects are eligible for funding from the AHRC South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. The Faculty of Arts also offers funding opportunities for taught and research programmes.


Between 70 and 80 per cent of our students find graduate-level employment within six months of graduation. Career prospects »

Did you know?

Graduates of the school include Sue Lawley OBE, television and radio presenter; Julia Donaldson, Children's Laureate 2011-13; Mary Chapman, Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute.

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