European Languages

The Department of Modern Languages at Aberystwyth University offers an MPhil programme in a wide range of topics. Students undertaking an MPhil often spend a considerable part of their research period working from libraries abroad and / or archives, while remaining under supervision from their mentor at Aberystwyth.

Typical Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements 2:1 Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area, or equivalent.

English Language Requirements IELTS 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent

Other Requirements Applicants should submit a full research proposal at the point of application

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Course Overview

The main focus of your research degree will be a detailed dissertation, and you will receive regular supervision from specialists within the Department on its planning, creation and writing.

The MPhil normally takes one year of full-time research (two years part-time), after which students complete and submit a dissertation of up to 60,000 words. 

Areas of research include:

  • French: historical linguistics; early modern literature and ideas; modern literature; cinema; Anglo-Norman; Romance linguistics; history of travel and travel literature; 20th- and 21st-century French thought, especially existentialism and feminism; (auto-)biography and life-writing; and theoretical approaches to reading.
  • German: 20th- and 21st-century German prose; autobiographies and life writing; women’s writing; German-Jewish literature; history and culture; Holocaust texts and translation; German-speaking refugees from National Socialism and especially the Kindertransport; postdramatic theatre and translation; German grammar and language anxiety; new tragic in European theatre and performance.
  • Spanish: stylistic comparison of 19th-century Spanish novels; North African comparative colonial literature; cosmopolitanism; geopolitics; landscape; science in Latin American literature and film; gender, identity and nation; cultural legacies of the Falklands/Malvinas conflict; avant-garde; 20th-century Hispanic poetry; women’s cultural practice; and language learning and foreign language anxiety.

Our postgraduates have been researching such topics as:

  • Translating René Le Pays's Amitiez, amours, amourettes: rendering travelogues in the language of their destination
  • The early 20th-century German women writers Ina Seidel and Vicki Baum
  • The translation of audio-visual Holocaust testimony
  • Regional Refugee Committee supporting refugees from National Socialism
  • Kindertransport autobiographies and fiction
  • A comparative analysis of Second Generation Kindertransport in the US and the UK.