PGR students discussing their workResearch Programmes in Modern Languages and Cultures

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     I am enjoying being able to investigate numerous lines of enquiry, and have the possibility to read what I want, rather than to limit myself to specific essay-based reading... If you are passionate about your research, then this is the time for you to put that passion to professional use. Enjoy researching, and knowing that you are pushing the boundaries of research in your own field.Right-hand quotation mark

(Eleanor Hodgson, PhD French Studies)

The School of Languages and Cultures at Sheffield is a highly-regarded research centre with a thriving and dynamic postgraduate community which is ideally placed to help you make a significant contribution to scholarly debates in your chosen field.

When you undertake PhD study with us, you will pursue a course of research training which helps you to shape the way you deliver your research to a wider audience, and also looks ahead to the different professional contexts which will be important to you. Training is tailored by you, in consultation with a supervisor, to your specific needs, whether these be honing communication and dissemination skills, receiving advice on research publication or developing advanced IT skills (for example, for working with corpora).

If you’re interested in developing your teaching skills, you will also have the opportunity to attend professional development workshops to become a Sheffield Teaching Assistant and gain teaching experience as a part-time tutor.


All research students are assigned a primary supervisor who will be an acknowledged expert, and a secondary supervisor who is able to offer a different perspective on aspects of your thesis. Researchers in the School work on a very broad range of subjects, including but not limited to literary studies, cultural studies including performance, film and visual/material culture, intellectual and political history, gender and queer studies, linguistics (descriptive, applied, sociolinguistics, etc.), and contemporary institutions, with relevance across the globe. For more details, please see individual staff pages:

SLC Staff Pages


Students entering through the School of Languages and Cultures door

Entry Requirements

We normally expect that an applicant for our PhD programmes has passed, or is currently completing, an MA or equivalent.

If your first language is not English, you must further have passed one of the following:

Qualification Level
Academic International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Please note that we only accept the Academic version of the IELTS. Average of 7.0 or above (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
University of Sheffield English Proficiency Test (USEPT) (graded as a percentage equivalent to IELTS point score, eg 65% = IELTS 6.5)

Average of 70% or above with at least 65% in each component

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Score of 95 or above (minimum 17 in Listening, 17 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking)

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) Score of 67 or above

If you would like to hear more of what our current research students and graduates have to say about their experience here at Sheffield, please go to:

Meet Our Students and Graduates

For detailed information about tuition fees and funding, postgraduate open days and how to apply, please proceed to the relevant web pages:

Fees and Funding

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You will also find useful information on our Graduate School and on our PGR Portal, two dedicated websites for our postgraduate research students:

Graduate School

PGR Portal


Further questions?

If you have any more questions which are not answered through the pages provided above, please do not hesitate to contact our Research Officer Claire Leavitt:

Email, Tel. +44 (0)114 222 4398