Postgraduate study

Taught programmes (MA)

The School of Modern Languages offers the following Master's programmes, which can be taken either full-time (one year) or part-time (two years):

Translation Master's programmes

New start dates

The PG DIP/MA in Translation now offers two start dates a year, in September and January.

Other Master's programmes

For details of typical units on offer see the programme catalogue.

Research programmes (MPhil, PhD)

The School of Modern Languages welcomes applications for postgraduate degrees by research. In addition to research topics focusing on single language areas, we actively encourage interdisciplinary research that cuts across languages or other intellectual disciplines in the Faculty of Arts. Joint supervision may be provided.

Research clusters

See our school research clusters for more information on how our research activity is focused within Modern Languages.

Skills training

As an Arts student at Bristol, you will also benefit from a postgraduate skills training programme, which allows you to extend your range of academic and professional skills. You may also be given the chance at an appropriate stage to teach undergraduates, and you will be offered training for this purpose, leading to formal accreditation.

Faculty support

We foster a vibrant postgraduate community across the Faculty of Arts, providing you with dedicated support when you need it.


School of Modern languages subjects are eligible for AHRC SWW DTP funding. For further details please see the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities funding website.


Between 70 and 80 per cent of our students find graduate-level employment within six months of graduation. Career prospects »

Did you know?

Graduates of the school include Sue Lawley OBE, television and radio presenter; Julia Donaldson, Children's Laureate 2011-13; Mary Chapman, Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute.