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Modern Languages and Cultures

School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Develop a deep understanding of your chosen language or languages and associated societies. You’ll explore the relationship between language, identity, culture and place, in the context of an increasingly interconnected and complex world.
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Course description

This MA helps you develop a deeper understanding of your chosen language(s) and associated culture(s). You’ll research the relationships between language, identity, culture and place and develop an ability to analyse and interpret an increasingly interconnected, multilingual and multicultural world.

Working with nationally and internationally recognised experts, you can focus on a single discipline (eg French Studies) or undertake an interdisciplinary programme across two or more languages and cultures. You can engage with topics such as literature, linguistics, history, visual and film studies, politics, migration, and postcolonial or gender studies, as appropriate to your interests. 

The programme is ideal for students with a background in French and Francophone studies, Germanic studies (German and Dutch), Hispanic and Lusophone studies (Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese; Latin America), Luxembourgish studies, or Russian and Slavonic studies (Russian and Czech; the former USSR).

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Core modules

  • Topics in Modern Languages and Cultures 1
  • Topics in Modern Languages and Cultures 2
  • Research Methods in Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Research Seminar module
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Approaches to Literary and Cultural Studies (Critical Theory) I
  • Approaches to Literary and Cultural Studies (Critical Theory) II
  • Concepts and Approaches in Intercultural Communication
  • Language in Context
  • Film Translation of Literary Classics
  • Social Approaches to Multilingualism
  • Translation Skills


Lectures and seminars, independent research, projects.


Assessment is by dissertation, coursework assignments, projects and presentations. 


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree in a language-related discipline such as linguistics, literature or a language.

We'll consider all applications on an individual basis, taking into account academic ability and personal and professional experience in languages and cultures.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.