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Masters degrees in Languages, Literature & Culture study the written and spoken narratives produced by different human cultures and societies together with the media used to communicate and express them.
Students in this discipline develop an advanced understanding of the stories people tell, the languages they use to do so and the culture they express. A vast range of postgraduate specialisms are available, focussing on different regions and their peoples.
Many of these programmes are taught MA degrees. These allow students to select modules based around specific topics. Other courses award research-based qualifications based on independent project and dissertation work.
Though it may not seem vocationally orientated, postgraduate study in Languages, Literature & Culture can support a range of career goals.
Your expertise will obviously be of value in museum and heritage industries as well as 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 them.
You’ll 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 programmes 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.
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The MLitt in Modern Languages is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Modern Languages. Students on this MLitt choose to study one of the following language culture pathways. Read more
The MSc in Language and Intercultural Communication is interdisciplinary degree programme that aims to provide a pedagogically grounded and practical understanding of issues surrounding the study of language and intercultural communication. Read more
Students in the MA in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program develop valuable cultural competency of the Asia Pacific region. Reflecting the diversity and innovative spirit of San Francisco, the program offers a wide range of courses in the history, literature, politics, business, and culture of Asian regions. Read more
If you're a language graduate or practising translator, you can take your skills to postgraduate level with this MA Translation Studies degree course, accredited by the European Masters in Translation (EMT) network. Read more
The Language Education programme is for teachers of ALL languages. Come with an expertise in one or more language(s) and receive training in how to best teach these languages based on the latest research in the field of language education. Read more
This programme offers you the opportunity to study the rich and varied literary imaginings of London. As well as covering London's literary history from the time of Shakespeare to the present day, this exciting programme encompasses cinematic, postcolonial and documentary constructions of, and responses to the city. Read more
Building on the longstanding tradition of interdisciplinary research and teaching at Sussex, the Literature and Philosophy MA exemplifies the fruitful co-operation between Philosophy and English. Read more
From Genesis to JM Coetzee, our MA in English offers you a rich and exciting experience of higher level literary study. You'll broaden your knowledge and appreciation of different genres, periods, techniques and writers, and of the ways in which they have been transmitted and read. Read more
The two-year full-time study programme (120 ECTS) studies multilingualism and multiculturalism and the issues raised by these themes in a society characterised by increased mobility, migration and diversity. Read more
How can we work towards a sustainable future? There are plenty of new sustainable technologies, smart governmental instruments and new ideas on organising the market to become more sustainable, but very often we don’t use them. Read more
The Online MA in International Relations is an ideal postgraduate degree for ambitious and globally minded individuals who are seeking a flexible way of understanding international arenas, while exploring the theories, policies and practices that are essential to furthering expertise in this dynamic and exciting field. Read more
This qualification is an exciting opportunity to develop your skills as a translator, equipping you to work in the fast-growing translation-services industry. Read more
The Master in Border Studies is a two-year joint international study programme addressing the complex economic, political, social and cultural issues of borders and of border regions in Europe and beyond. Read more
Named among the top international affairs programs by the Foreign Policy Association, the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs are distinctive in the New School tradition. Read more