About this course
Improve your understanding of global languages, cultures and societies on this MA Languages and Cultures degree at the University of Southampton.
On this language master’s, our expert tutors will give you specialist multicultural knowledge and skills necessary to take on a wide range of careers.
On this course you’ll study a variety of cultural and literary topics, and their history, ethnography and anthropology. We’ll give you thorough training in the theory and research methods you'll need to understand events and texts from across our regions of specialisation, which include:
- modern Europe
- Latin America
- Africa and the black diaspora
- East and South Asia
- the Jewish diaspora
Throughout the course, we'll work closely with you to help develop your own research interests in relation to the degree.
As a postgraduate student, you’ll be a full member of the dynamic research environment here at Southampton. Your learning will be enriched by events hosted by the multidisciplinary Centre for Transnational Studies, which hosts research seminars, postgraduate workshops, public lectures and engagement events throughout the year.
You’ll also have access to the Modern Languages Research Group, and to events run by other research groups, including the:
- Centre for Imperial and Postcolonial Studies
- Centre for Global Englishes
- Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing
- Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations
Our faculty has close links to Southampton’s internationally recognised cultural institutions, such as the John Hansard Gallery and Nuffield Theatre, which offer additional opportunities for globally-oriented cultural enrichment.
You will also have the opportunity to improve your foreign language skills through the Language Opportunity Programme. You could pick up a new language from scratch or increase your proficiency in one you already know. We offer a variety of levels in many languages.
If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
- a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
The course leader is Dr Eleanor Jones, a lecturer in Portuguese and world literatures within Modern Languages. Her interests range across the literatures, cultures and social histories of Portuguese- and English-speaking Africa and the Portuguese-speaking world more broadly. Find out more on Dr Jones’s staff profile page.
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 in a humanities or social science subject.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need an overall score of 7.0 and the following scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking:
IELTS score requirements
We accept other English language tests, find out which English language tests we accept.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
In each semester, you’ll take 2 specialist research-led modules in the field of world cultures and societies. In semester 1, we’ll guide you through key ways of engaging with the materials on the course.
During your studies you’ll take 2 optional modules from a selection of humanities subjects, including:
- creative writing
In the second semester, you’ll begin preparing for your 15,000-word dissertation, with an intensive practical research skills module and guidance from a supervisor allocated according to specialism.
You’ll complete your dissertation during the summer.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules:
You must also choose from the following modules:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- classes and tutorials
- individual and group projects
- independent learning (studying on your own)
We’ll assess you through:
- coursework, laboratory reports and essays
- a dissertation
- group essays
- individual and group projects
- written exams
You’ll need to write a 15,000-word dissertation and will need to finish this during your own time in the summer.
The dissertation is a chance for you to develop your research skills and show your expertise in a particular specialism.
A supervisor will be available to offer you help and advice when you write your dissertation.
The course will give you the analysis, communication and critical thinking skills to excel in a wide range of careers. In particular you’ll learn about what working across cultures entails, meaning you’ll be well suited to work in multicultural and multilingual environments.
Should you choose to continue an academic career, you’ll benefit from our department’s track record in securing places and funding for postgraduate research.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,812.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000