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Languages and Cultures (MA)

Master of Arts
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2023

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.

This course is now closed to new applications for 2023 entry.

Each year we get many high-quality applications and places for many of our courses are very competitive.

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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:

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.

Course lead

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.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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