Registration dates: There are four registration dates a year: 1 October, 1 January, 1 April, 1 July with no application deadlines.
The distance learning programme is only available by part time study so the thesis submission date is a minimum of four years and maximum of six years from the enrolment date.
UK/EU students: £4,350 per year International students: £6,550 per year
UK/EU students: £4,450 International students: £6,700 per year
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:
develop the capacity for reflective, critical and independent thought and action in relation to your studies
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.)
Non-native speakers of English are normally required to satisfy the following minimum English language requirements:
Apply by completing the Postgraduate research application form including:
Your application and proposal will be reviewed by the School’s Research Committee - you will then be notified of the outcome.
The Research Proposal (8-12 pages) You should send a full research proposal, making sure you cover all the areas listed below.
The topic of your research
The research context
The proposed research questions (no more than 4)
The reasons why your research is important – please explain (a) why you want to undertake this research, (b) how it relates to existing research and (c) what makes it original.
The areas of the literature you intend to consult
A list of references you have consulted so far
Contacting a supervisor
Finding an appropriate supervisor who is an expert in your chosen area of research is an essential part of the application process. We recommend that you look at the research centre pages and staff directory pages which will enable you to determine whether there is a good match between your research interests and LSS.
If there is a member of staff whose research interest matches your own, we recommend that you contact them directly with a copy of your research proposal and discuss this further with them. In addition to contacting a prospective supervisor you also need to submit a formal application. If you are successful in identifying a supervisor through this method it is essential that you indicate this on your application form. Please be advised that a formal decision on your application can only be made once the formal application has been submitted via the online form.
For information on how to apply please contact: Mr Dan Thomson, LSS Research Manager Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3972
For information on the structure of the programme please contact Programme Director Dr Emmanuelle Labeau