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University of Central Lancashire, Full Time Masters Degrees in Languages, Literature & Culture

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The MA in English Language and Literature offers an alternative to more traditional Humanities-based MAs by providing a unique combination of subject expertise and employability activities not offered elsewhere. Read more
The MA in English Language and Literature offers an alternative to more traditional Humanities-based MAs by providing a unique combination of subject expertise and employability activities not offered elsewhere.
For this course, students will benefit from working under the guidance of both employment groups (e.g. at heritage sites) and academic tutors, as it combines academic expertise, field trips to heritage sites and mentoring schemes with Employability groups.

The course is designed to make students consider their own social and cultural identities, and thus provides substantial scope for reflection and personal development.

The course comprises 3 double modules plus a triple dissertation (15,000 words). The modules are as follows:

English Language and Literature (double)
Local and Global English (double)
Language Awareness in the Workplace (double)
Dissertation (triple)
The modules are designed to make students familiar with tools from Literature and English Language studies to analyse critically a range of spoken and written discourses and contemporary modes of communication. You will be made aware of the importance of language in the creation of social identities, interpersonal relations and social ‘realities’. You will learn to contextualise literary texts by exploring the role of literature in the reflection, and construction, of the societies and cultures you live in.

English Language and Literature explores the interface between language and literature through an up-to-date and thorough introduction to the study of a wide variety of texts. Local and Global English will apply theory to the discussion of texts and will study literature in its socio-cultural and historical context. A number of field trips to heritage sites will be incorporated into the module programme.

Language Awareness in the Workplace will explore aspects of language ‘use’ and ‘attitudes’ in a range of workplace environments, and examine the power of language to influence or construct both social relations and viewpoints. A wide range of communication media, including computer-mediated communication (e.g. email) will be explored. The Dissertation involves the production of a substantial piece of written work. It is designed to promote and support the development of an independent area of research within the field of English Language/Linguistics and/or Literature.

Teaching modes will vary depending on the nature of the module. A mixture of lectures and seminars will be the norm, although some lecturers prefer a more interactive style in which students might be asked to form groups to discuss particular topics or to complete exercises in class. Additional support will be provided in the form of tutorials. Group work and independent learning will be gradually introduced into the programme. A large part of the teaching process will involve discussions on extra-institutional activities, such as field trips and mentorships. You will have access to innovative state-of-the-art learning spaces within the new on-campus Media Factory building which will enable exciting, new forms of learning and teaching to be made accessible. These spaces will also be used to bring the business and academic sectors into contact during the mentoring process.

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The MA introduces key authors, texts, and critical and theoretical debates that shape our conception of literature from the early Twentieth Century to the present. Read more
The MA introduces key authors, texts, and critical and theoretical debates that shape our conception of literature from the early Twentieth Century to the present. The core modules cover a generic, chronological and geographical range of literary works, also addressing interdisciplinary connections – with film and philosophy, for example. There are several planned field trips to places of social and cultural importance which are designed to foster contextual approaches to literature. The course would be of interest to anyone currently in education or individuals looking eventually to embark on a MPhil/PhD in English Literature. Assessment is by written coursework, seminar presentations and for students wishing to take the MA, a 20,000 word dissertation within the area of Modern and Contemporary Literature must also be completed.

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This programme is wholly directed at immediate employability and can almost be described as a vocational training course. In the preparation of this course employers, professional bodies and practising professionals were consulted, the latter also being the course creators. Read more
This programme is wholly directed at immediate employability and can almost be described as a vocational training course. In the preparation of this course employers, professional bodies and practising professionals were consulted, the latter also being the course creators. A strong command of English is required, since each of the foreign languages is combined with English.

You will be taught interpreting for use at conferences i.e. simultaneous interpreting in booths and consecutive interpreting which is often used at conference dinners or other big international events. You will also be taught interpreting skills and given advice and personal feedback in each lesson. You will be able to record your performance using specialist recording devices which enable you to not only receive personal feedback from your tutors but to further analyse this feedback and listen to your performance later on.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Two dedicated Brähler interpreting suites provide state-of-the-art learning opportunities. You will experience a mixture of practical seminars and workshops, including bi-weekly mock conferences.

As a student at the School of Language, Literature and International Studies, you will have access to a number of facilities which create an active and stimulating learning environment.

We use a variety of assessment procedures including coursework, practical tests, project reports, examinations and a dissertation. The assessment methods and criteria we use are closely linked to the learning outcomes of each module.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

This course will:
-Prepare you for immediate employment as a freelance or in-house interpreter
-Prepare you for entry tests run by international organisations
-Give emphasis to interpreting - 12 hours of pure teacher-led interpreting per week
-Train you on equipment which is used by practising professionals (Brähler)
-Put emphasis on preparing you for professional life after the course
-Use practising professionals from a wide range of interpreting environments, eg EU, European Parliament Office, Ministry of Justice
-Provide informative and relevant guest lectures by experts in the field, e.g. voice coaching, website design, freelance accountancy

FURTHER INFORMATION

On MA Interpreting and Translation, you have to complete a total of 9 modules, one of which, the dissertation, is a double module. The course must be taken full-time over one academic year, though the dissertation is submitted 3 months after the taught modules finish. You will choose a language to combine with English and work to and from that language throughout the course, developing your interpreting skills.

During Mock Conferences which are held every other week, you will encounter a wide variety of real-life topics which your lecturers have already undertaken as an assignment. We have a higher frequency than is standard at UK universities as we and students have found them so beneficial. In these Mock Conferences real life interpreting scenarios are used with changing speakers, differing language combinations and illustrating all the challenges large conferences may entail.

You will be trained in the specific skills of high level technical/business interpreting; an area often neglected in conference interpreter training. The scenarios used here are based on real assignments undertaken by the various members of teaching staff on the course, who will later give you not only feedback on your performance but also tips and information on what happened at the actual assignment.

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The MA North Korean Studies provides the only dedicated master’s degree in this subject area outside South Korea. Read more

Programme Overview

The MA North Korean Studies provides the only dedicated master’s degree in this subject area outside South Korea. Uniquely, this one year course embeds the learning and teaching in a graduate introduction to social science philosophies and methods, provides training in the Korean language geared to the language level of the student (beginners, intermediate, or advanced) and, at the same time, introduces a wide range of materials on the society, economy, politics and International relations of North Korea. The course director, Professor Hazel Smith, is a world-leading scholar whose publications provide global benchmark studies on North Korea. The MA is taught by staff situated in UCLan’s International Institute of Korean Studies, which works within a globally established network of influential academics, diplomats, journalists and public policy officials who work on North Korea.

The course will provide you with the comparative advantage in journalism, diplomacy, international organisations, NGOs, and global business of gaining knowledge and expertise, not just on North Korea, but in the international relations of East Asia, which is the motor force of the world economy yet also contains some of the globe’s pressing security problems; the most important to all of the global powers of which is North Korea’s nuclear programme. Students graduating from this master’s course will have developed knowledge, analytical skills and language skills (Korean at beginners, intermediate or advanced level) that will equip them to work in a number of employment sectors dealing with international affairs. The strong support from policy makers in the UK (FCO and parliament) will also bring networks to our students that will facilitate employability prospects.

Modules

Inter-Korean relations: Theory and Practice
Research Methods
North Korea: History, Politics and International Relations
North Korea: Economy and Society
Korean Language 1
Korean Language 2
Dissertation

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