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AHRC Studentships

The Department is able to nominate students for the AHRC TECHNE studentship competition. Information about applying for an AHRC TECHNE studentship and an application form can be found on the College AHRC web page. More information about TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership is on the TECHNE website.

College Studentships

Royal Holloway also has a number of College Studentships available. Please note that students who apply for a TECHNE award will be considered automatically for a College Scholarship. 

Please click here for more information about College Studentships.

 

Note that the deadline for Techne and College applications with the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway is Monday 16th January at 4pm (references must be received by 29th January).

Applicants should fill in a Techne application form as well as a College application form.  

Applications for Techne should be submitted to postgrad.modlang@rhul.ac.uk. College applications should be submitted online.

Application Procedure for those NOT Pursuing Studentships

Applicants NOT wishing to be considered for funding will need to complete a Research Proposal, then follow our standard application procedure by filling out an online application.


TECHNE is one of 11 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) covering a broad range of disciplines.  Please see the TECHNE website at www.techne.ac.uk 

TECHNE is led by Royal Holloway.  The other member institutions are: Brighton, Kingston, Roehampton, University of the Arts London, Royal College of Art and Surrey.  Approximately 176 Doctoral Scholarships will be awarded by TECHNE over a five year period, approximately 35 per year.  Additionally, members will fund one award for every three received through TECHNE bringing the total to around 50.  There are no Masters awards available.

DTPs are a means for the AHRC to allocate their awards and a way of providing consortium based training for doctoral students.  TECHNE’s vision is to produce highly motivated scholars prepared for careers inside and outside of academia.  TECHNE has 14 organisational partners which include the Barbican, The National Archives, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI and Science Museum, who will provide training and development opportunities for students and strategy advice to TECHNE.

Students in receipt of a TECHNE scholarship will be registered at their ‘home’ institution and will be subject to its regulations.  TECHNE has promised to develop cross-member supervision and therefore welcomes and encourages cross institutional and/or cross discipline supervisory teams.

For information about research expertise in the School visit our website or contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Sarah Wright sarah.wright@rhul.ac.uk or the postgraduate administrator Ann Hobbs a.hobbs@rhul.ac.uk

Students outside international buildingThe School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SMLLC) at Royal Holloway offers a range of exciting possibilities to students interested in postgraduate study.

Our Masters by Research is a flexible programme that allows you to undertake in-depth study (both full- and part-time) on key areas of literature, visual or cultural studies or comparative topics. We offer a tailor-made research-focused taught module, which will equip you with an array of theoretical and historical approaches to the study of literature, art and culture. This will enable you to articulate, refine and persistently test your own approach to your chosen topic within this broader theoretical and methodological framework.

What it involves

The core of the MA by Research is a dissertation, giving you the scope to explore your area of interest in real depth, to develop sophisticated critical and analytical research and writing skills. It often gives you the chance to test or try out an area of study in preparation for doctoral study.

Support

As well as specialist one-to-one tuition for the duration of the MA by Research you’ll have access to skills training and enjoy the additional support of a dedicated Research Advisor. You’ll also have access to all of our facilities and postgraduate support.

What’s more, Royal Holloway is ideally situated for the libraries, talks and facilities that London has to offer, including the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies (which hosts training courses, lectures and talks).

Applying

We consider applications from students in any areas of French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian Studies or comparative topics. The latter may include comparisons between the literature, film and culture of different language areas including texts in translation, subject to expertise to the School. It may also include comparative topics such as adaptation, reception, interpretation, performance, place and displacement or creative transfer. 

For more information about the research interests of staff in the School click here or consult staff profiles.

Examples of current and recent research

  • Carmen Laforet: The ideals of femininity.

  • Metapoetics in the Poetry of Federico García Lorca.

  • Family Relationships in the Fiction of Marguerite Duras.

  • Representations of Japan in Francophone Fiction.

  • To what extent was the rebellion portrayed within women's Dada and Surrealist art a rebellion against gender norms?

  • Fictional Representations of the Holocaust.

  • Cuban photo-textualities and Visual Culture.

  • Language and Philosophy in Hamann, Herder, Nietzsche and Wittgenstein.

  • Representations of Work in the Culture of the Weimar Republic.

  • Ethics and Aesthetics in the Literary Representation of the Holocaust in Recent German-language and English-language Novels.

  • The Figure of the German Soldier in Twentieth-Century German Literature and Society with Particular Reference to the Work of Erich Maria Remarque.

  • Vergangenheitsbewältigung in the Former GDR: Relating to the Past in Post-Reunification Germany.

SouthQuadStudents_104We are able to offer all kinds of possibilities to students interested in doctoral study at Royal Holloway and consider applications for MPhil/PhD research in any of the subject fields and research specialisms covered within the School.

These include many aspects of French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies. We also welcome applications from those interested in comparative topics, which may include comparisons between the literature, film or culture of different language areas (including texts in translation), subject to the availability of expertise among our staff. 

Other comparative topics may include adaptation, reception, interpretation, performance, place and displacement or creative transfer. Click here for more information about the research interests of researchers in the School.

Support

As well as specialist one-to-one tuition for the duration of the MA by Research you’ll have access to skills training and enjoy the additional support of a dedicated Research Advisor. You’ll also have access to all of our facilities and postgraduate support.

What’s more, Royal Holloway is ideally situated for the libraries, talks and facilities that London has to offer, including the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies (which hosts training courses, lectures and talks).

Examples of current and recent research

  • The Acousmatic Spectator in the work of Jean-Luc Godard.

  • Screening Suffering: Trauma, Ethics and Spectatorship in Contemporary French Cinema.

  • History and Education in Fascist Italy.

  • The Act of Naming in the Poetry of Yves Bonnefoy.

  • Food and Thought, Words and Images: A Comparative Study.

  • Cultural Memory and the Trevi Fountain.

  • Burne-Jones and the Italian Renaissance.

  • Antonioni as Multi-Media Artist.

  • Writing at Tipping Points: A Comparative Study of Zola and Houellebecq

  • The Development of the Italian giallo.

  • German-Soviet Relations and Inter-War Film.

  • Otherness in German Cinema of the Weimar Republic.

  • Fascist Foreign Policy in the Newsreels of Luce.

  • The Themes of History, Memory, Law and Ethics in Didier Daeninckx's Meurtres pour Mémoire, Bernhard Schlink and Walter Popp's Selbs Justiz and Gerhard Roth's Der See.

  • Rewriting Myths: The Figure of Penelope in Italian Literature.

  • Art, Femicide and Space in Contemporary Mexico.

  • Telling Memory: Narrative and the Trauma of Fascism in the Contemporary Spanish Novel.

Find out everything you need to know about studying or researching at postgraduate level with Royal Holloway's School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, from Dr Jon Hughes. Click on each video to find out more. Films courtesy of PostgraduateSearch.com.

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Masters Funding

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is pleased to invite applications for Master of Arts by Research fee waiver (equivalent to a fee waiver at home/EU rate) and bursaries of £1000 (note that these may not be awarded concurrently).

This is a flexible programme offering in-depth, directed research on a topic of your choice which will allow you to gain new insights in literature, film, cultural studies or the visual arts in French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian or Comparative Literature and Culture.  You will receive one-to-one supervision, feedback and support but also benefit from a taught course to hone your skills in critical analysis.  As a postgraduate student at Royal Holloway, you will join an energetic research community with the opportunity for personal and research development training.

For more information, contact the Director of Graduate Studies Dr Sarah Wright (sarah.wright@rhul.ac.uk) or the Postgraduate Administrator Ann Hobbs (A. Hobbs@rhul.ac.uk).

Previous knowledge of a language is not always necessary. For more information, and for guidelines on submitting a research proposal, please click here.

Deadline for applications: 20th February 2017

Overseas partnership

We will consider a fee reduction where students are funded by overseas governments or a similar national organisation.

The postgraduate colloquium in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is an annual event, run by and for our community of postgraduate students. 

Since 2012 it has featured a keynote address by a distinguished visiting speaker.

2012

In its inaugural year Professor Laura Mulvey from Birkbeck College discussed  Love and Death in Three Films by Max Ophuls: Liebelei (Germany 1932), Letter from an Unknown Woman (US 1948) and Madame de… (France 1953).

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Professor Laura Mulvey at the 2012 Postgraduate Colloquium (photo Marta Perez Carbonell). Listen to the podcast.

2013

In 2013, Professor Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds) delivered the keynote lecture entitled ‘'The Nameless Artist in the Theatre of Memory: Interdisciplinary and Ethical Challenges in the Analysis of One Work -Charlotte Salomon's Leben? oder Theater?"[Life? or Theatre?] (1941-43)'.’ 

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Professor Pollock at the 2013 Postgraduate Colloquium (photo Nick Tynan). Click here for more information. Listen to the podcast.

2014

In 2014, Professor Lynne Segal (Anniversary Professor, Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London) presented a keynote entitled, "The Age of Desire, the Desires of Ageing" in which she explored some of the radical ambiguities in the speech and writing about age and ageing today, whether it serves primarily to lament or to celebrate old age. 

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Pondering the fluctuating ties between younger and older selves, she ventured into the hazards of desire in old age, with its apparent gender contrasts, alongside the contradictory ties and emotions we are likely to call upon as time speeds up in late life. Old age is no longer the condition that dare not speak its name, but it remains an identity we are still encouraged to disavow. Listen to the podcast.

2016

In 2016, Professor Clive Scott (Professor Emeritus, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia) presented a keynote lecture entitled 'Imagining a Philosophy of Literary Translation'.

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The abstract for Professor Scott's lecture can be found here. Listen to the podcast.

 

 

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