MPhil & PhD Degrees in Arabic, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish Studies

Supervisors and their Research Interests

Dr Mashail Ali

  • Language policy in the Middle East
  • Arabic varieties and language reform
  • Applied translation studies

Professor Charmian Brinson

  • German and Austrian Exile Studies (in particular Exile in Britain 1933-1945)
  • Culture and Politics of Fin de Siècle Austria
  • Culture and Politics of the Weimar Republic

Professor Charles Drage

  • Russian Literature 1660-1810
  • History of the Russian Language in the 18th Century
  • Russian Verse Prosody
  • Phonetics of Modern Russian
  • The Russian Language since 1989
  • Translation Studies

Dr Juan Antonio Lalaguna

  • History of Spain
  • Spanish Cultural Studies
  • Translation Studies
  • Historical Linguistics

Dr Sheila Lecoeur

  • Social and Political History of Italy
  • Greece and France during the Second World War
  • Social Impact of Foreign Occupation and Occupier-Occupied Relations, 1940-45
  • Fascist Cultural Policy
  • Italian Cinema, 'Neorealism' and its Aftermath.


Those wishing to do research in these areas shall normally have a good first degree in a relevant subject area and a master's degree.


Prospective students are requested to submit an outline proposal of the research area or topic they wish to pursue. This should be around 500 words in length and should indicate the treatment of research intended and the source of the materials to be used. Candidates resident in the United Kingdom will normally be asked to attend for interview.

Upon acceptance, research students will be assigned to a supervisor with whom they will determine the nature and scope or the precise research topic. The student may also be assigned a second supervisor for additional support. The final title of the thesis is approved by the supervisor and communicated to the College on the examination entry form.

For full-time students the minimum period of study is normally three years for the PhD degree. For those studying on a part-time basis, the College will prescribe a minimum period of attendance appropriate to the particular circumstances.

Research Facilities

Through the Sconol Access Scheme, a postgraduate student of Imperial College has access to the libraries of the Federal University of London. He or she may, for instance, use without charge the extensive Library of the former Institute of Germanic Studies (School of Advanced Study, University of London), now held in the Senate House Library, University of London, that of the School of Slavonic Studies at University College London, the Spanish history holdings of the Library of King's College London or of the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Translation Studies holdings at University College, London. Furthermore, the world-famous British Library is only a short journey away from the South Kensington campus of Imperial College where the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication is situated.

Language Learning

For those who wish to improve their command of a foreign language or to embark on a new one, day and evening classes at all levels from beginners to advanced are available within the college. The languages offered are Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin Chinese.


Imperial College has a limited amount of accomodation for postgraduate students. See: Accommodation


The fees are currently £4195 per year for full-time students, half that for part-time students.


General enquiries should be addressed to:
Languages Programme Administrator
Telephone: +44 (020) 7594 8833
Fax: (020) 7594 8759

Further enquiries should be addressed to:
Professor Charmian Brinson (Emeritus Professor of German)