Department of European Languages and Cultures


Projects, centres, networks and publications in European Languages and Cultures.

Research excellence

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In the latest Research Excellence Framework - REF 2021 - our research in European Languages and Cultures was submitted in Modern Languages and Linguistics (Panel D - Arts and Humanities; Unit of Assessment 26).

The results reaffirm Edinburgh’s position as one of the UK’s leading research universities - third in the UK.

As published in Times Higher Education's REF power ratings, this result is based on the quality and breadth of our research in Modern Languages and Linguistics. 

Read more about our School's performance in REF 2021 

Browse Edinburgh Research Explorer for staff profiles, research outputs and activities

Selected research centres and networks

Research centres and networks range from formal collaborations to informal groups of researchers working together on a theme or challenge.

A number are based in - or are affiliated with - European Languages and Cultures; others are based elsewhere in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC), the University of Edinburgh, or the wider academic community, but involve our staff and students.

The groups provide opportunities for researchers at all career stages to work together with partners and stakeholders in organising events, workshopping publications, engaging audiences outside the academy, and exploring ideas for future projects and funding bids.

Here are just a few of our current groups, and significant networks that are no longer live but have left a legacy of networking and collaboration...


Selected research projects

Postgraduate research and supervision

Join our community and undertake a specialised research project under the guidance of experienced and well-published supervisors.

We offer postgraduate research programmes in all of the following:

Comparative Literature (PhD) French (PhD and Masters by Research)
European Theatre (PhD) German (PhD and Masters by Research)
Italian (PhD and Masters by Research) Medieval Studies (PhD and Masters by Research)
Russian (PhD and Masters by Research) Scandinavian Studies (PhD and Masters by Research)
Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (PhD and Masters by Research) Translation Studies (PhD)

Find out more about postgraduate study in European Languages and Cultures

Read our pre-application guidance on writing a PhD research proposal

Beyond the books

Beyond the Books is a podcast that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at research in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures and the people who make it happen. 

To date, hosts Ellen and Emma have spoken to many members of our research community in European Languages and Cultures. They include:

  • Katie Hawthorne, (then) PhD student in European Theatre and German (Series 1 - Episode 3)
  • Peter Dayan, Professor of Word and Music Studies (Series 1 - Episode 4)
  • Dr Isabel Seguí, (then) Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (Series 2 - Episode 4)
  • Peter Davies, Professor of Modern German Studies (Series 2 - Episode 7)

Browse and listen to episodes of Beyond the Books