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As part of our MA in Global Literatures and Cultures you will work with leading scholars to explore the works of literature, art and thought that have shaped our global culture. We offer first-class teaching and supervision from leading experts in the literature and cultures of Modern Europe (including the United Kingdom and Russia), as well as China, the United States, North Africa and the Global South.

Our research covers all periods from the medieval to the contemporary, with expertise in literary studies, textual editing and criticism, film and visual art, architecture and museum culture, so you are able to shape the generic, chronological and geographical focus of your studies according to your interests.

Reflecting the increasingly plurilingual nature of contemporary societies, our interdisciplinary MA encourages you to read texts in the original language wherever possible, whilst also broadening your horizons via the study of texts and films in translation. You may also choose to take the optional Global Literatures and Cultures Work Placement module. This practice-based module will enable you to plan and arrange a placement with an external cultural organisation in which you will work on a commissioned project, allowing you to develop work-based skills and experience.

Programme structure

You may take the MA in Global Literatures and Cultures full time over one academic year or part time over two, completing both core modules (60 credits), the compulsory dissertation (60 credits), and selecting two or more optional modules (60 credits), amounting to 180 credits in total. You will take a core module in Term One and another in Term Two, alongside one or two optional modules each term (work placement and subject options available). In the second and third terms, you will participate in supervision sessions towards the compulsory Dissertation (15,000 words) or equivalent Dissertation by Practice.


Please note constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website.

Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows:

  • Global Early Modern
  • Global Modernism
  • Dissertation in Global Literatures and Cultures
  • Dissertation by Practice in Global Literatures and Cultures

Optional modules can include:

  • Gender and Identity in Medieval Europe
  • From Orientalism to Globalisation: Debates in Postcolonial Studies
  • Criticism and Theory: Critical and Literary Theory in Global Context
  • Global Literatures and Cultures Work Placement
  • Global Girlhoods on Film
  • Translating the future: Science Fiction as a Global Phenomenom
  • Princely Splendour: The Arts at Court in Late Medieval France

More examples can be found on our website. The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Assessment method

Here at the University of Exeter we offer first-class teaching and supervision from leading experts in the literature and cultures of Modern Europe (including the United Kingdom and Russia), as well as China, the United States, North Africa and the Global South.

Most of the formal teaching will be done through a mixture of classes and workshops as well as experiential learning or placements. You will be assessed in a variety of methods including coursework and group or research presentations.

You will also carry out a Dissertation or Dissertation by Practice, which will require you to produce an original piece of independent research or practice-based work, based on your interests.

Research areas

Drawing directly on the internationally-recognised research and teaching expertise across the departments of Modern Languages, English, Art History and Visual Culture, Classics, History and Film.

The College of Humanities operates a variety of Research Centres across all subject disciplines, including the Modern Languages Centre for Translating Cultures, the Global China Research Centre, the Centre for Imperial and Global History, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Centre for Early Modern Studies, the Centre for Latin American Studies, the Centre for Intermedia, and the Centre for Victorian Studies.

These centres provide a lively and stimulating programme of visiting speaker events, symposia and workshops that will complement and enrich your postgraduate studies.

Visit the MA Global Literatures and Cultures page on the University of Exeter website for more details!





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