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.


Applicants for a doctoral degree in these areas must have a good first degree in a relevant subject area and a master’s degree, normally at distinction standard. Candidates must also achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.


Prospective students must contact a potential supervisor before making a formal application and you should not proceed to a formal application without the agreement of the prospective supervisor. The application must include an outline proposal of the research area or topic you 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. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend an interview.

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


General enquiries should be addressed to:
Liam Watson
Science Communication Unit & PhD Administrator

Telephone: +44 (020) 7594 8753

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