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MA Languages and Cultures

The MA in Languages and Cultures offers you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of global languages, cultures and societies, with the support of world-leading scholars at an internationally recognised university. The programme will equip you with a deepened multicultural knowledge, and with the skills of analysis, communication and critical thinking necessary to excel in a wide range of careers.

Programme duration

One Year (Full-time)

Two Years (Part-time)

You will be taught and supervised by experts in a unique range of disciplines, including cultural and literary studies, history, ethnography and anthropology, and will receive thorough training in theory and research methods. You will use this theoretical and methodological knowledge to approach a broad range of topics, events and texts from across our regions of specialisation, which include modern Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Black diaspora, with options available on East and South Asia and the Jewish diaspora. Throughout the programme, we will work closely with you to help develop your own research interests in relation to the course.

As a postgraduate student, you will 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, and by our PGR-led Modern Languages Research Group. You will also have access to events run by other research groups, such as the Centre for Imperial and Postcolonial Studies, the Centre for Global Englishes, the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing, the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, and others across the School of Humanities, Winchester School of Art, and the School of Social Sciences. Our Faculty is closely affiliated with 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 via the Language Opportunity Programme. You could pick up a new language from scratch, increase your proficiency in one you already know. Each year, we offer a variety of levels in languages that might include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.

Programme Structure

In each semester, you will take two specialist research-led modules in the field of world cultures and societies. In semester 1, you will be guided through key ways of engaging with the materials on the course in the Approaches to Languages and Cultures module. In addition, you will choose one module in each semester from a selection of options across the School of Humanities – for example, in History, Film, Linguistics, Translation or Creative Writing – for a total of two optional modules.

In the second semester, you will begin preparing for your 15,000-word dissertation, with an intensive practical research skills module and guidance from a supervisor allocated according to specialism. Your dissertation will be completed during the summer months.

Key Facts

Duration: 1 year (full time); 2 years (part time)

Start date: September

Closing date: 1 September (an application decision cannot be guaranteed in time unless a complete application is received by this date - students requiring a visa to study should also allow extra time for visa processes)

Dissertation Length: 15,000 words

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Qualification: Bachelor’s degree

Grade/GPA: Normally first- or upper second-class (or international equivalent)

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in all components.

Subjects: Bachelor’s degree in a Humanities or Social Science discipline, including (but not limited to):

  • Modern/Foreign Languages
  • English Literature/ Comparative Literature
  • History
  • Film
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Geography

Specific requirements: This programme does not require knowledges of languages other than English, but the course offers the opportunity to engage with materials in languages other than English should you so wish.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

In each semester, you will take two specialist research-led modules in the field of world cultures and societies. In semester 1, you will be guided through key ways of engaging with the materials on the course in the Approaches to Languages and Cultures module. In addition, you will choose one module in each semester from a selection of options across the School of Humanities – for example, in History, Film, Linguistics, Translation or Creative Writing – for a total of two optional modules.

In the second semester, you will begin preparing for your 15,000-word dissertation, with an intensive practical research skills module and guidance from a supervisor allocated according to specialism. Your dissertation will be completed during the summer months.

Year 1

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
LANG6022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LANG6025Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

LANG6iXX Research Skills (Dissertation Preparation)

Optional
HIST6093Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HIST6096Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HIST6108Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HIST6128Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
FILM6046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LANG6018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING6014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING6028Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory

LANG6gXX Narrative, Place, Identity LANG6hXX Transnational Movement in the Age of Globalisation

LANG6023Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LANG6027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory
LANG6024Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LANG6028Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
FILM6044Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HIST6098Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HIST6127Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HIST6128Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA6015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING6043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
LANG6025Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
LANG6029Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Languages and CulturesMA2020Full time£9,250£18,812
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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