Masters Degrees in Language, Linguistics & Cultural Studies study the narratives, languages and creative products of human societies. Postgraduates on these programs develop an advanced understanding of the stories people tell, the cultural materials they create and their significance to the development and self-understanding of different groups across history.
Many programs are taught MA degrees. These allow students to select modules based around specific topics. Other courses award research-based qualifications such as the MRes. They focus on independent project and dissertation work.
Though it may not seem vocationally orientated, postgraduate study in Language, Linguistics & Cultural Studies can support a range of career goals.
Your cultural and historical expertise will obviously be of value in museum and heritage industries. It can also be drawn upon in more general journalism, publishing or broadcasting. Non-specialist audiences are also interested in topics like literature and cultural history, after all, and your degree will make you an expert at communicating around these topics.
You will also be an expert communicator more generally, with strong writing skills and the ability to think critically and independently - all excellent contributions to your CV.
Finally, don't forget that some of these programs are already aligned with particular careers. Postgraduate study in Modern Languages offers an excellent route into professional translation or even global business and commerce. Meanwhile, political and administrative roles often benefit from an understanding of (and sensitivity towards) local and regional cultures and their histories.
Approximately 46% of people with a Masters in Language, Linguistics & Cultural Studies are known to be in full-time employment six months after graduation, whilst 28% are in further study. The remainder are involved in part-time employment, voluntary activities or other pursuits.
Popular careers with a Masters in Language, Linguistics & Cultural Studies include: