Postgraduate Masters degrees in global languages, literatures, and cultures

The School of Modern Languages offers three Masters degrees designed to enhance your intercultural competency and transferable skills in an increasingly globalised world.

Whether you want to pursue doctoral study or upskill your professional profile, the School’s programmes offer excellent training. Graduates have gone on to careers in the public sector, international development, consultancy, as well as journalism, translation, and publishing.

The School offers the MLitt Modern Languages and MLitt Comparative Literature as one-year, full-time qualifications, as well as a two-year MA/MLitt German and Comparative Literature co-delivered with Bonn University. Assessment on all programmes is by coursework, which can include portfolios, essays, presentations, and a dissertation.

The School offers a truly global approach with specialists across eight languages – Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Persian, Russian, Spanish– and Comparative Literature. Expertise spans from the Middle Ages to present day and includes prose, poetry, theatre, film, history, translation, and material culture.

The MLitt Comparative Literature allows students to study texts in their original language or through English translations, or a combination of the two.

The MLitt Modern Languages requires language competency and offers the option to specialise in one or two of our dedicated pathways:

    • Chinese Cultural Studies [single pathway only]
    • Francophone Studies
    • German Studies
    • Hispanic Studies
    • Italian Studies
    • Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic and/or Persian)
    • Russian Studies

You can choose from a variety of modules taught in small-groups, including classical and contemporary theoretical approaches to literature and culture, a dedicated transferable research skills module, directed reading tailored to your areas of interest, and a 15,000-word dissertation with the support of a specialist supervisor.

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