Research courses

As a postgraduate research student, you’ll receive a structured training programme covering the practical aspects of being a researcher, including grant writing, publishing in journals, and applying for academic jobs.

What we are researching

Languages, communication, translation and interpreting

Applied linguistics 

  • Intercultural communication in commercial and educational settings
  • Interlanguage/intercultural pragmatics
  • Face management and (im)politeness
  • Ethnolinguistic minorities
  • Language ideologies and practices in transnational areas
  • Corpora and language learning
  • Corpus-based lexicography
  • TESOL/SLA (topics focusing on classroom interaction, spoken language use and development, teacher training)
  • Oracy skills in higher education
  • Linguistic issues emerging from internationalisation

Theoretical linguistics

  • Theoretical morphology (including Network Morphology and Paradigm Function Morphology)
  • Morphological interfaces
  • Linguistic typology (including Canonical Typology)
  • Language documentation and description (including Austronesian, Nakh-Daghestanian, Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan, Oto-Manguean, Papuan, Slavonic, Tibeto-Burman languages)

Translation and interpreting

  • Translation technologies, i.e. machine-assisted and corpus-based translation
  • Interpreting technologies, esp. video-mediated interpreting, distance/remote interpreting
  • Translation process research
  • Bilingual lexicography
  • Audiovisual translation incl. subtitling, audio description, re-speaking and other modalities
  • Translation and interpreting as multimodal activities
  • Translation and interpreting in the context of migration
  • Dialogue interpreting
  • Legal and healthcare interpreting
  • Sociological approaches to translation
  • Humour in translation.

English literature and creative writing

Creative writing

  • Experimental poetry
  • Historical prose fiction
  • Literary prose fiction
  • Contemporary commercial and genre prose fiction

English literature

  • Women's writing
  • Medieval romance and romanticism
  • Victorian studies
  • Modernism and modernity
  • Travel and mobility
  • Western and global esotericisms
  • Sexuality and queer theory  
  • Postmodern writing
  • Literature and the environment
  • Medical humanities

Film studies

  • Environmental humanities
  • Animation
  • Documentary
  • The film industry and popular film and culture

Literary and cultural studies

  • Latin American literary and cultural studies
  • Transnational history and its methodologies
  • Franco-British political and cultural exchanges, nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Studentships

Techne studentship 2022

Funding information:
This competition funded studentship is available to UK and International students. Studentships are awarded on the basis of the academic excellence of both the candidate and the research proposal.Full UK or International fee waiver and stipend at UKRI rates (currently £15,609).

Faculty studentships in Travel Writing, World Literature, Environmental Humanities, Sexualities, or Contemporary Creative Writing

Funding information:
Full fees for UK or international students (at home or international rate), an annual stipend pegged to the UKRI studentship rate (£15,609 for 2021/22) per year, and an annual research training support grant of £500.  

Expert support

Our Doctoral College supports the academic and professional development of postgraduate researchers to ensure our world-leading research continues to grow. There is also an extensive Researcher Development Programme run at university level.

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