The Department of Modern Languages and the Department of Comparative Literature were both part of Kent's REF2014 submission to Modern Languages and Linguistics that was ranked 3rd in the UK, with 85% of its published research graded 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
The combination of subject areas - Comparative Literature, French, German, Hispanic Studies, and Italian - ensures a dynamic research community, covering all the major aspects of European literature and culture. We host the Centre for Modern European Literature, which provides an active programme of events throughout the year, as well as our staff members participating in a number of reseach centres across the University. All of our subject areas offer research programmes at doctoral level. For staff research interests, please see our staff profiles in Modern Languages or staff profiles in Comparative Literature.
Recent research awards
The research undertaken by staff in the Department of Modern Languages has attracted major funding awards both from the University of Kent and from external bodies. For information on recent funding awards, see Funding Awards: Modern Languages.