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The Department of Cultures and Languages at Birkbeck brings together a community of scholars with shared interests in interdisciplinary topics and transnational phenomena, covering French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish-speaking cultures from the Renaissance to the 21st century.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. Particular research themes pursued by staff in this department include:
- aesthetics and media
- histories and philosophies
- community and identities.
If you are interested in doing a PhD with us in any of these areas, email [email protected]
Our interdisciplinary research centre, the Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC), attracts colleagues from across the School of Arts, from other Birkbeck Schools and from the wider academic community.
Just as BRAKC attracts colleagues from across the School and from other schools, so we participate in a variety of interdisciplinary research and teaching ventures, which include:
- film studies
- postcolonial studies
- museum studies
- Renaissance studies
- 18th- and 19th-century studies.
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Our MA/MRes Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies will give you a thorough grounding in comparative literature and cultural studies in the context of modern languages. This multidisciplinary, flexible course also allows you to explore the cultures of a variety of language-speaking areas. Read more
At MPhil/PhD level we aim for students to make the transition into fully fledged, independent academic researchers, with the skills necessary to present their research orally as well as in writing, in addition to pushing back the frontiers of knowledge. Read more
Birkbeck's Graduate Diploma in French Studies is ideal for those excited by the thought of studying French language, literature and culture at postgraduate level. This course will help you become a proficient French speaker, with a critical appreciation of the literature and film, culture and contemporary history of France and French-speaking countries. Read more
Our doctoral programme aims to respond to the needs and interests both of students seeking an academic career or other professional employment and of those who wish to pursue a line of intellectual enquiry for its own sake. Read more
This Graduate Diploma in German Studies is designed to develop your German language skills and/or increase your knowledge of German culture, as well as improving your research and study skills. Read more
As people involved in research, our prime concern is with producing top-quality work that in different ways questions the boundaries of the disciplines we work in and seeks to bring new materials, theories and methods into them. Read more
Our Graduate Diploma in Spanish and Latin American Studies is ideal if you wish to familiarise yourself with and understand the rich cultural histories of Spain and Latin America, while also improving your Spanish and your research and study skills. Read more