The Modern Humanities Research Association encourages and promotes advanced study and research in the field of the modern humanities, especially modern European languages and literature, including English, and also cinema. It aims to break down the barriers between scholars working in different disciplines and to maintain the unity of humanistic scholarship. The Association fulfils this purpose through the publication of journals, bibliographies, monographs, critical editions, and the MHRA Style Guide, and by making grants in support of research. Membership is open to all who work in the Humanities, whether independent or in a University post, and the participation of younger colleagues entering the field is especially welcomed.

The MHRA is a large enterprise, governed by a Committee of around 30 Trustees, Officers and other representatives. The current Officers of the Association are the Hon. Chair, Barbara Burns, the Hon. Treasurer, Alison Finch, and the Hon. Secretary, Alison Fell.

The MHRA is a registered charity (No. 1064670). It was incorporated into a Company on 2 October 1997, on which date it took over the assets and liabilities of the unincorporated charity of the same name. MHRA is registered in England as a company limited by guarantee (No. 03446016), VAT number GB 239 2086 57. The Registered Office is: Salisbury House, Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2LA, United Kingdom.