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Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Modern Languages

Course type


Course Summary

This is a research-based programme. You can specialise in topics in the languages of: Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies. Specialism is also possible in translating and interpreting.

Chinese – Supervision is offered in: Chinese translating and interpreting, Chinese numerology, number and gender in nursery rhymes, cross-cultural studies between China and the West, Chinese modernity studies, modern Chinese literature and culture, Chinese-English translation, global Chinese diaspora studies, Chinese-American studies, cultural theory, contemporary society, especially identity, ethnicity and religion, minority nationalities (eg Xinjiang or Uyghur studies), Chinese state or popular nationalism and national identity, Islam in China, performing arts, music cultures and popular culture in mainland China, transnational Chinese cinema, stardom, independent documentary filmmaking and gender and sexuality in Chinese media.

French – Supervision is offered in: contemporary women's writing; 19th century literature and culture; Dialectology; French and Algerian cinema; history, politics and gender; language change; popular culture (media, sport, music) and public policy; postcolonial cultures and trauma and culture.

German – Supervision is offered in: 20th century German and contemporary literature; GDR literature and censorship; representations of the Holocaust and/or World War II; literature and philosophy - cultural and critical theory; women's writing; Medieval German and comparative literature and morphological theory - morphology, phonology and dialectology of German and Dutch. Japanese – supervision is offered in: gender studies; popular culture, film and media studies; political studies and literary studies.

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies – supervision will be offered in: anthropology, anthropological linguistics and sociolinguistics of Latin America, including Quechua language; semantics, philosophy of language, history and spread of Spanish in Latin America, Latin American dialects and Creole; political, social and intellectual history of Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially Brazil and Southern Cone; history of education in Latin America in 19th and 20th century Latin America; discourses of race and identity in Latin America; Latin American film, literature and theatre; Spanish and Latin American cultural history and popular culture; Catalan nationalism and Spanish novel. Translating and Interpreting - We can offer supervision for projects involving English plus Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Quechua, Spanish, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.

Different course options

Full time | Newcastle University | 12 months | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a 2:1 honours degree and normally a good master's degree in a subject related to one of the discipline areas covered by the School of Modern Languages.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally-connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global...more

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