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The award
MPhil

How long you will study
2 years

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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Lusophone Studies at Queen's University Belfast

Lusophone Studies is part of the Modern Languages research cluster, which provides a vibrant environment for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship. Recognised as a centre of excellence for research into the languages, literatures, histories, linguistics, visual cultures, and cultural identities of Europe and beyond, the cluster is founded on a dynamic and forward-looking research ethos.

Within this cluster, Lusophone Studies aim to promote cutting-edge research and debate across a variety of areas relating to the Portuguese-speaking world, with particular emphasis on Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa.

Staff are actively involved in two cross-subject research fora, focusing on Latin American Studies and Postcolonial Studies. All staff and postgraduates participate in international conferences and are encouraged to become involved, where appropriate, in international networks. Amongst other networks, staff in Lusophone Studies are involved in the Digital Latin American Cultures Network and the Lusophone and Hispanic Caucus of the African Literature Association.

Research Strengths

Staff have an established research profile across the spectrum of fields within Lusophone Studies. Prominent areas include:

  • Digital culture in Brazil
  • Representation of urban Brazil (particularly the favelas of Rio de Janeiro)
  • Contemporary Brazilian documentary film
  • Postcolonial literatures, cultures and film in Portuguese-speaking Africa
  • Comparative literature and film
  • Gender studies
  • Representations of heroism

We also have a strong record in supervising comparative and interdisciplinary theses across the different languages and disciplines represented in the School of English, Arts and Languages and with other Schools in the University. A number of research projects have recently been funded by the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership and by the DEL Strategic Priority Studentship scheme.

"Queen's is a very exciting place to be researching about the Portuguese-speaking world as this is a growing area here. The School of Modern Languages offers an interdisciplinary, outward-looking and open-minded research culture which is able to nurture and accommodate a diverse range of objects of study, approaches, and methods."Tori Holmes
Lecturer in Brazilian Studies

Career Prospects

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Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

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Additional Information for International Students

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

*Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

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