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  MA Modern Languages and Cultures

University of Sheffield    School of Languages and Cultures

Full time & Part time September PGCert, PGDip, MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time Award winner
Languages, Literature & Culture (21) Linguistics & Classics (23)

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Are you passionate about languages and cultures? The MA Modern Languages and Cultures programme is perfect for you! Delve into the fascinating intersection of language, identity, culture, and place in our interconnected world. Choose from a wide range of modules, including French Studies, Germanic Studies, Hispanic and Lusophone Studies, Luxembourgish Studies, or Russian and Slavonic Studies. Enhance your critical thinking and research skills while exploring topics like literature, film, politics, migration, and gender studies. With a minimum 2:1 honours degree in a language-related discipline, this programme prepares you for a career in the arts, cultural sectors, or further doctoral study. Apply now and expand your horizons!

About the course

Deepen your critical understanding of how language, identity, culture and place intersect in an increasingly interconnected and complex world.

This MA helps you develop a deeper understanding of diverse cultures and theories in cultural studies. It'll guide your research on current topics and ideas and help you understand their application in cross-cultural contexts.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in a language-related discipline, such as linguistics, literature or a language.

The programme is for students with a background in French and Francophone studies, Germanic studies (German and Dutch), Hispanic and Lusophone studies (Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese; Latin America), Luxembourgish studies, or Russian and Slavonic studies (Russian and Czech; the former USSR).

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Student Profile

William Smith

Graduated in 2021

How did the MA build on your undergraduate degree?

I studied three languages at undergraduate level (French, Spanish and Portuguese), which was great for language acquisition, but left little time to really explore the contexts in which those languages are spoken. MAMLC at Sheffield allowed me to delve into topics I’d been briefly introduced to during my undergrad, as well as some which I’d never been able to study before. In addition to this, the global approach to modern language studies at the University of Sheffield meant that I was using my
language skills to look at texts and topics from across the francophone and lusophone worlds.

Which areas did you specialise in?

In my first semester, I took modules in literature, sociolinguistics, and postcolonial studies, before discovering how naturally intertwined these three disciplines can be. In my second semester, I began experimenting with this interdisciplinary approach to modern language studies, before putting it all into practice with my MA dissertation (‘Language, Culture, and Identity: Towards a Repertoire Approach in Francophone Postcolonial Literature’).

What was it like being part of the postgraduate community with the School of Languages and Cultures?

Staff encourage interdisciplinary approaches, which means you get to work with specialists from across the department and receive expert advice and direction regarding your research. It became clear to me by the end of my first semester of MAMLC that I wanted to continue my studies after graduation. Staff at Sheffield were super encouraging of this, and helped me to kick- start my own academic trajectory, publishing and publicising some of my own research, in the forms of an academic conference and two academic journal articles. I was even able to lead a lecture and follow-up seminar for a second-year module.

Tell us about your PhD and what you’ll be doing come September!

My PhD will expand on some of the work I started during my MA, following a decolonial approach to language policy in Lebanon, that explores how historical language policy affects and influences present-day decision-making on language in Lebanon, on both a macro and micro level. With Arts Council funding, I will be able to undertake vital research in France and Lebanon, as well as receive specific and specialised training for all my research requirements (from Arabic-language acquisition to archival research navigation).

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