Russian Studies and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University invite applications for MA and PhD programs. One-year MA programs are offered in Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Translation Studies and Visual Culture.

Our MA in Languages, Literatures and Cultures presents a distinct opportunity for students to pursue a degree in world literatures and comparative studies with a firm emphasis on working with texts in their original language(s), with due attention to the local, national and regional contexts in which they originate.

Our MA in Translation Studies has a particular orientation towards culture, heritage and creative industries. Our specially designed modules in languages, linguistics and professional translation combine with transcultural and trans-historical courses, permitting the close scrutiny of translation across media, cultures and time as well as between and within languages.

Our MA in Visual Culture is a distinctive interdisciplinary programme that invites students to develop their knowledge of visual culture, situating this knowledge in relation to working practices in cultural institutions, including museums, galleries and other heritage organisations.

Colleagues in the School have particular strengths in medieval and early modern literature and culture, 19th- and 20th-century literature and culture, visual culture (film, photography and art), literary culture, performance arts, gender and sexuality studies, critical and cultural theory, history (cultural, political and intellectual), cognitive metaphor theory, translation studies.

Research and teaching in Russian Studies at Durham is broad in its coverage. Our wide-ranging expertise encompasses the major epochs of modern Russian history, literature and culture, from the 18th century to the present day. Thematic clusters in which we provide expert supervision range from the Enlightenment to post-Soviet identities, from the history of Russian science to the moving image. For more information on our key areas of research, see

PhD and MA Funding Support in Modern Languages & Cultures, Durham University, 2020-2021

Deadline for Applications: 16.00 GMT, Monday 13 January 2020

PhD Funding

We invite applications for PhD studentships through the AHRC-funded Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership and the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, to start in October 2020. There are three types of awards for PhD studentships.

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership awards cover tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant at the RCUK national rate for UK applicants. They cover tuition fees only for EU students, but if institutional funds permit, we also expect to make maintenance awards to EU students. The Northern Bridge DTP operates two funding schemes, Standard Route studentships, and Collaborative Doctoral Awards which involve collaboration with a partner organisation. For further information about both schemes and detailed guidance notes, see:

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Durham University also offers two other types of studentships for PhD studies, which are open to applicants from anywhere in the world: the Durham Doctoral Studentship (DDS) and the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities. The DDS provides an annual maintenance allowance at RCUK rates and covers fees at overseas rate. The Wolfson Scholarship covers the full cost of the PhD, including a travel allowance. There is no separate application procedure for the Wolfson Scholarship; you will be contacted by Durham University if you are nominated. Applicants to the NBDTP or DDS competitions will automatically be entered into the Wolfson Scholarship competition. For more information on these competitions, see:

We welcome applications from outstanding candidates who can demonstrate evidence of academic excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate level (or equivalent professional experience), as well as evidence of sufficient research skills to undertake the project. On the application, applicants will be asked if they wish to be considered for funding, and they should indicate their interest in the funding schemes to which they would like to apply (Northern Bridge Studentship, Durham Doctoral Studentship, and/or Wolfson Postgraduate Studentship). We are also happy to discuss other relevant funding options and self-funded study (full-time or part-time). Further information about our PhD programme is available here:

MA Funding

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures also invites outstanding candidates to apply for taught MA programmes. We offer three taught MA degrees at Durham: the world-leading MA in Translation Studies, as well as two more recently established, innovative programmes, the MA in Visual Culture, and the MA in Languages, Literatures and Cultures. The following funding opportunities are available for taught programmes:

Faculty MA Bursary for taught and research MA programmes. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities offers competitive, year-long bursaries to cover tuition fees at the Home rate.

Postgraduate Student Support Scholarships. These are means-tested scholarships for MA study across the University.

Alumni discount. Durham alumni are eligible for a 25% discount on tuition fees for taught MA programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Please direct any questions about taught MA applications to the Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies (Taught Programmes), Dr Amaleena Damlé ([email protected]).

Prior to starting work on an application, applicants should consult potential supervisors about developing a research project well in advance of the 13 January 2020 application deadline. For a list of current staff and their research interests, please consult individual web pages: Please include a brief outline of your proposed research project and a CV or short description of your academic qualifications and experience, including your degree classification or overall result at BA and MA level, or equivalent.

After you have established contact with a member of staff and started work on an application, you may direct any specific questions or concerns to the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián ([email protected]