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Key information

Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Modern Languages

Course type


Course Summary

The MPhil in Modern Languages is designed to allow those who have a high level of attainment in a foreign language, and have studied literature to a degree level, to undertake more advanced work. The course is suitable both if you wish to proceed to a research degree and if you wish to spend only two years at Oxford. The MPhil in Modern Languages allows you to undertake advanced work in one for two literatures, working in medieval studies, Renaissance studies or modern literary studies. This degree is also suitable if you do not wish to proceed to a research degree, as it will enable you to build upon your undergraduate studies and acquire some knowledge of literary theory. Many MPhil students proceed to doctoral degrees at Oxford or at other universities. Other graduate destinations include teaching, journalism, law, publishing and the civil service.

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Study mode

Full time


21 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in the relevant modern language for their proposed study, or a similar course of academic study with substantial course components in the area of modern language to be studied. Degree-level competence in at least one modern language is a requirement for admission. Entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a high first-class degree or the equivalent. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.75 out of 4.0.