Masters Degrees in Modern Languages develop advanced knowledge of the languages spoken by people around the world today. Students become exceptionally proficient in the use and understanding of languages, but can also study their linguistic systems, or examine the literature and other cultural materials they are used to produce.
As well as taught and research-based Masters Degrees, postgraduate Modern Languages courses can award specialised educational qualifications such as the PGCE, or provide students with TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or similar accreditation.
Modern Languages is one of the most useful postgraduate subject areas. Any organisation that regularly communicates with international audiences or customers will be keen to include language experts on its staff - as dedicated translators, brand ambassadors or regional customer service specialists.
Many professions also draw directly on advanced Modern Language skills. You could work as a translator or interpreter in all sorts of fields, from publishing and broadcasting to politics and diplomacy. Or you might go into teaching, either as a specialist in your own country's education system, or as a foreign-language teacher working in schools and colleges overseas.
Approximately 45% of people with a Masters in Modern Languages are known to be in full-time employment six months after graduation, whilst 33% are in further study. The remainder are involved in part-time employment, voluntary activities or other pursuits.
Popular careers with a Masters in Modern Languages include:
Popular specialisms for Masters Degrees in Modern Languages include: