The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is one of the UK’s leading centres for research and teaching in languages and cultures. 

We offer a wide variety of research supervision for MA by Research and PhD programmes and taught MA programmes. 

Key themes include European literatures and cultures from the medieval age to the 21st century; the Arab world; contemporary China, Japan and the cultures of South East Asia; gender; the media, especially film; translation and interpreting; language branding, demography, immigration and race; postcolonialism; diasporic cultures; linguistics and language computing.

Why study with us? 

We offer you the opportunity to study in a stimulating environment which brings together the experience and insights of 200 postgraduate students from across the world. Our facilities are state-of-the-art and our unique personal tutoring system gives all students the individual support of an academic advisor from the start of their programme at Leeds.

PhD by Distance Learning

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies also now offers PhD by Distance Learning, for further information please contact Dr Mic Spencer, Head of the Graduate School:

Want to find out more? 

Use the links on the left of this page to find out more about Research Degrees in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies. Alternatively, use the links below to navigate to more subject and programme-specific information:

Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies | Classics | East Asian StudiesFrenchGermanItalianLinguistics and Phonetics | Professional Language and Intercultural StudiesRussian and Slavonic StudiesSpanish, Portuguese and Latin American StudiesTranslation StudiesWorld Cinemas and Digital Cultures | World Literatures

What our students say

Rachel Ball

Rachel has very much enjoyed life as a Postgraduate student at Leeds and talks about all of the activities that she has been involved in.


The University of Leeds is part of the ESRC accredited White Rose Doctoral Training Centre.