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 identity representation in contemporary settings

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

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.



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 students will also be assigned a mentor, to provide them support with any pastoral issues. 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

As a postgraduate student of the University of London, a postgraduate registered at Imperial College has access to all the research facilities of the federal university, including postgraduate seminars. He or she may, for instance, use without charge the extensive Library of the Institute of Germanic Studies (School of Advanced Study, 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 Humanities Programme 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 French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.


For information on accomodation for postgraduate students, please see Accomodation

Fees and Scholarships

For information on fees and postgraduate scholarship opportunities, please see Student Finance


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)