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The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SMLLC) at Royal Holloway is pleased to invite applications to its PhD programmes in Modern Languages (French, German, Hispanic Studies and Italian and Comparative Literature and Culture). You can find out more about the research environment and range of expertise we offer on our research pages.

Applicants for PhDs are eligible to apply for both Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships and for Royal Holloway studentships through a single application process. The AHRC studentships (stipend and fee waiver) are offered through the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, a consortium of seven universities in London and the South East led by Royal Holloway. TECHNE offers a rich and diverse training programme for doctoral students with a focus on interdisciplinarity. The training programme is enhanced by input and placement opportunities provided by TECHNE’s 14 partner organisations (including the Barbican, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI and Science Museum) in the cultural sector.

SMLLC is also able to recommend students for Royal Holloway studentships (which may consist of a stipend and fee waiver or just a fee waiver). Approximately £380,000 is available for postgraduate studentships across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In the main these will be awarded by a Faculty Panel to students who are unsuccessful in their application for a TECHNE scholarship.

How to apply

Prospective doctoral students who are interested in applying for a studentship should proceed as follows:

Contact the Director of Graduate Studies for an informal discussion of your research proposal and the supervision that might be available.

If the Director of Graduate Studies of SMLLC agrees that the proposal may be suitable for a TECHNE or College studentship, complete both a College application form and a TECHNE application form. The deadline is 7 February 2016 (note that all references must also be received by this deadline).The College application form is available here and the TECHNE application form here.

(Note that by completing the TECHNE application form students will be considered for both TECHNE scholarships and College scholarships). When completed please send your TECHNE application form to  postgrad.modlang@rhul.ac.uk as a Word document. You should hear in early April whether the School will be forwarding your application for consideration by TECHNE.  If your application does go forward to TECHNE you will hear in early May whether or not it has been successful. Unsuccessful TECHNE applicants will be considered automatically for a College scholarship by a Faculty Panel and you should hear the outcome in early May.

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

Funding for Master of Arts by Research in French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian and Comparative Literature and Culture in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London

Funding from the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures for 2015-16.

We are currently advertising MA fee waivers in Comparative Literature and Culture, French, Hispanic Studies, Italian and German. The deadline for applications is 13th July 2016 at 4pm. If you are interested in applying for one of our MA fee waivers, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Sarah Wright for more information.* For information on College scholarships available for MA students please see our postgraduate funding pages.

*Please note that you must have had your application to College accepted by the deadline to be considered for this award.

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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