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The MA in Contemporary Sociology provides you with an up-to-date, advanced training in Sociology, focusing in particular on contemporary theories, themes and debates. Read more
The MA in Contemporary Sociology provides you with an up-to-date, advanced training in Sociology, focusing in particular on contemporary theories, themes and debates. There is an opportunity to take one of the following specialist routes: Culture, Race and Ethnicity, Sport and society, Health, Risk and society.

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This course aims to provide a well-structured knowledge base for the systematic study of English Linguistics from current synchronic and diachronic perspectives. Read more
This course aims to provide a well-structured knowledge base for the systematic study of English Linguistics from current synchronic and diachronic perspectives. You will gain appropriate research-based skills (intellectual and practical) to enable you to conduct team-based and independent research projects. In recognition of the variation inherent in undergraduate curricula, this course allows you to build on your existing knowledge while you are acquiring a foundation in a broad range of linguistic methodologies and approaches.

The course will help you to develop an independent approach to learning whereby you will become increasingly responsible for organising your own study and formulating individual research questions. This process will be invaluable if you decide to proceed to PhD-level research, but you will also be able to develop transferable skills in written and spoken communication, and in the collection, analysis and evaluation of data of many kinds and from many sources.

Your ability to present and use this data effectively in response to research questions will be invaluable in many professional settings. We will also be developing your ability to reflect critically on the knowledge and understanding you have gained as well as on your own learning and communication skills.

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In recent years, human rights have become a central issue in international politics. There are also many serious challenges and issues that cannot be fully grasped without an understanding of ethics, including human rights. Read more

Course Description

In recent years, human rights have become a central issue in international politics. There are also many serious challenges and issues that cannot be fully grasped without an understanding of ethics, including human rights. This degree addresses these concerns from the perspective of their global political context.

By taking this course you will gain a thorough grounding in the political and international theory of human rights and global ethics. You will develop your knowledge of the different theoretical and political perspectives on human rights and study in depth the global political context of pressing ethical issues.

The course combines the study of the main theories and concepts related to human rights and global ethics with detailed empirical analysis of issues such as intelligence, slavery, citizenship, refugees, animal rights, security and war.

The degree will equip you with the competencies and skills to understand and participate in contemporary debates in human rights and global ethics and to analyse politics and international relations using a mixture of normative, theoretical and empirical tools.

You will gain knowledge and skills relevant to employment and career development in government, media, business, non-governmental organisations and any professional context in which cross-cultural sensitivity and ethical awareness are requirements.

Course Modules]

The Politics if Human Rights
3 Optional Modules (choice of about 14)
Dissertation

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

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The MA in International Communication and Cultures aims to provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding of communication as a cultural process. Read more
The MA in International Communication and Cultures aims to provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding of communication as a cultural process.

You will discover how cultural meanings are carried within every message and what their effects are at an international level – how they are mediated, interpreted and translated. You will gain the skills required to critically explore the (trans)formation and effects of messages and their meanings in a globalised world. You will also learn how to translate and interpret the delivery of these messages to international audiences and markets, and develop the ability to negotiate and promote intended meaning.

The programme is ideal for those who have studied culture or communication (history, education, communication, social sciences, linguistics or languages) and wish to gain a more practical element with a focus on international markets, or those who have worked in the industry and would like to get a more thorough understanding of transcultural communication, which is linked to their experience.

In the first semester, you will take modules in global studies of communication and culture and in relevant research methods (textual and image analysis). You will be introduced to a range of optional modules for further specialisation, such as, Negotiation and Business Strategies, Documentary Film-making or Intercultural Rhetoric, Translation and Mediation. In the second semester, you will consolidate the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in the previous semester in the field of international media and intercultural communication. New aspects of your learning in semester two will be an introduction to cultural practices (cultural management, innovation and creativity), but also to the role and use of languages across different cultures. You will be introduced to a range of optional modules for further specialisation, such as World literature, Global Media Events and Latin-America Cinema.

Core modules:
•Analysing transnational and intercultural meaning: Images and film/Language, texts and discourses
•Negotiation in international contexts: The use of language across cultures
•Representing intercultural meaning: Exhibition project or film festival (alternate years)
•Transnational flows, mediascapes and global meaning-making in intercultural contexts

Optional modules:
•Global cultural cities: The visual representation of Barcelona – tourism, football, architecture, festivals
•Global media events: Spectacles, festivals and conferences
•Global online communication: Self-expression and identity
•Intercultural rhetoric, translation and mediation: Promotional, educational and public communication
•Mediating distant suffering: Pity, trauma and victimhood in a transnational context
•Memory beyond borders: The transnational politics of memory and remembering
•Cinematic Representations of Latin America: Local versus global
•Representing intercultural meaning: Film project
•Theories of culture and communication
•Transcultural and transnational aesthetic practices: Cinema, magazines, fashion and museums
•Understanding multilingual contexts: Ethnic minorities and the glocal level
•World literature: Narratives, genres and networks

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This degree will provide you with a comprehensive analysis of contemporary international relations. Read more
This degree will provide you with a comprehensive analysis of contemporary international relations. By taking this course you will have the opportunity to study a range of international issues, and to investigate whether international relations in the post-Cold War period have been founded upon a Western model of 'World Order'.

The course will introduce you to differing concepts of order in the post-Cold War world. It will enable you to think critically about the nature of international relations: about the extent to which Western interests, institutions and culture dominate the world system and the challenges and responses generated by that dominance. The course focuses on both theoretical and empirical approaches to this subject.

You will complete one core module which will critically examine the means by which the West maintains its concept of 'Order'. You can then choose three option modules, which, along with your dissertation, allow you to specialise in areas that interest you or complement your professional goals.

As well as equipping you with a detailed understanding of contemporary international relations this degree will develop your ability to think both analytically and critically and to produce reasoned arguments encompassing your increased knowledge and understanding of the issues. It will also develop your practical transferable skills, including the ability to conduct independent research, verbal and written communication, and presenting and planning.

Course Structure

Current students take 1 core module, Post-Cold War World Order, choose 3 option modules (from about 19) and complete a 12-15,000 word dissertation.

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

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The MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is aimed at graduate teachers and other English Language Teaching professionals with at least two years' English language teaching experience who wish to further their academic and professional development. Read more

Course Outline

The MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is aimed at graduate teachers and other English Language Teaching professionals with at least two years' English language teaching experience who wish to further their academic and professional development.

This degree will provide you with:

A critical understanding of key issues and debates in many areas of applied linguistics and of how these relate to English Language Teaching.
A body of knowledge that will enhance your ability to undertake language teaching at a range of levels in different cultural and institutional contexts.
The ability to reflect, analyse and critically evaluate language teaching and learning concepts and theories, and to understand and examine the assumptions underlying different classroom practices.
The skills to undertake effective practitioner research in your specific area of interest.

We are one of the longest established providers of postgraduate studies in Applied Linguistics and TESOL in the UK. On this course you will join teachers from all over the world. You will also benefit from our active involvement in research in different areas of Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

If you have a particular interest in lexis (vocabulary), you can specialize in Lexical Studies. This involves taking both the 'Words and Dictionaries' and 'Corpus Approaches to Lexis' modules and writing your Dissertation on a related topic. This entitles you to an MA in 'Applied Linguistics and TESOL with Lexical Studies' when you graduate.

Course Structure

Core Modules:
Grammar Awareness
Language in Society
Phonology and Pronunciation
Second Language Teaching
Second Language Learning

Option Modules:

Choose one from:
Continuing Professional Development for English Language Teachers
Intercultural Communication
Words and Dictionaries

Plus two from:
Corpus Approaches to Lexis
Discourse Analysis
Language Testing and Assessment
Materials Design and Development
Psychological Issues in Language Learning

Plus your dissertation. In your third term you will undertake a dissertation in a subject of your choice. You will be supervised by a member of staff with expertise in your chosen area who will guide and support you.

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

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This degree will provide you with a strong foundation in the more advanced theory and methods as well as period-based and thematic specialisms. Read more
This degree will provide you with a strong foundation in the more advanced theory and methods as well as period-based and thematic specialisms. You may also acquire more practical skills in areas of archaeological science, as well as those necessary for independent research in archaeology.

You will have the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the potential and limitations of different forms of archaeological evidence. You will deepen your understanding of the themes and periods of the past and engage more critically with current archaeological issues and debates. Teaching will combine seminars, presentations and projects and well as lectures, encouraging you to play an active role in your learning and developing your skills for independent study. You will be assessed through various forms of coursework and a dissertation. During your time here, you will have access to more one-to-one contact with staff than you would have had at undergraduate level and you are encouraged to actively participate in and contribute to our vibrant graduate community.

This Masters degree develops your research and analytical skills, providing you with an excellent foundation for further study or career progression. There is also the option of doing an extended dissertation, giving you more research experience if you are considering going on to undertake PhD research.

We have internationally recognised strengths in research and teaching in all fields of archaeology, with research strengths in prehistory, Classical/Roman studies, medieval as well as historical archaeology, and the theory and practice of landscape archaeology.

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Campus-Based. October each year. Distance Learning. February each year. This MA will provide you with a unique and wide-ranging introduction to the complex and ever-changing role of the country house in its local, regional and national environment. Read more

Start Dates

Campus-Based: October each year.
Distance Learning: February each year.

Course Description

This MA will provide you with a unique and wide-ranging introduction to the complex and ever-changing role of the country house in its local, regional and national environment. The course is taught by distance learning, so you can learn around your existing commitments in a way that suits you.

This fascinating course investigates the architectural development of the English country house and its artistic contents, as well as its place within history and literature. The course also examines the economic and political importance of the house and its impact on the landscape, plus the technologies employed to design, build and run it.

[[Course aims ]]

To gain a detailed knowledge of the major issues related to the study of the country house and of the literature on the subject, and to develop an understanding of the complex and changing position of the country house in its local, regional and national environment.

Distance Learning

This course is also available for study by distance learning with a start date in February each year. Modules for the distance learning course may vary.

(Please note: The information included on this webpage is indicative of the course provision provided by the University of Leicester. Due to regular enhancement of the University's courses, please refer to Leicester's own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

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This MA course is the most comprehensive of its kind in England. It is provided by the internationally famous Centre for English Local History, at the University of Leicester. Read more
This MA course is the most comprehensive of its kind in England. It is provided by the internationally famous Centre for English Local History, at the University of Leicester. This Centre was founded by Professor W.G. Hoskins in 1948, and has long been at the forefront of the discipline, having had huge experience of postgraduate training at MA, MPhil and PhD levels. Its staff (who currently include three professors) are leaders in their subjects, and the ex-staff include scholars such as Alan Everitt, Joan Thirsk, Charles Phythian-Adams, Margaret Spufford and other prominent historians. Its students progress into many types of employment in heritage-related sectors, museums, record offices, local government, landscape management, further research, academic jobs, adult education, teaching, and associated areas of work. Many others have done the MA course for their own pleasure, developing their interests in family or local history. Many MA students have also gone on to do PhDs in the Centre.

The MA course aims to provide students with a training in `the Leicester approach' to local and regional history, and to equip them with the historical skills necessary to pursue research in this field. The MA course is comparative across the nation, grounded in an interest in landscapes and the communities associated with them, cultural in its concerns, sensitive to long-term chronologies, conceptually aware, and interdisciplinary in its methods. It is designed to furnish an up-to-date springboard into careers involving local history. Yet it also appeals to many whose interests are recreational, genealogical or family-oriented, who have leisure interests linked to landscape appreciation, or those who find knowledge of local history essential as a way of enlarging their interpretation and understanding of the world and communities around them.

The Centre for English Local History is accommodated in The Marc Fitch Historical Institute, three attractive Victorian villas near the main university campus. It contains an important library covering most English regions, an impressive map room, and many other resources and collections essential for local historical studies. The main University Library houses an exceptional local history collection covering all counties of England and Wales. These facilities make Leicester unique among provincial universities for the comprehensiveness of its holdings in local and regional history. Grants are available from a number of sources to assist students studying at the Centre.

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The course aims to provide training up to basic research level in the ‘Leicester’ approach to English Local History as a subject which is comparative across the nation; grounded in landscape history; cultural in its concerns; sensitive to long-term chronologies; conceptually aware and inter-disciplinary in its methodologies.. Read more
The course aims to provide training up to basic research level in the ‘Leicester’ approach to English Local History as a subject which is comparative across the nation; grounded in landscape history; cultural in its concerns; sensitive to long-term chronologies; conceptually aware and inter-disciplinary in its methodologies.

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This course will allow you to deepen your existing knowledge, discover new fields, and acquire the skills to enable independent research at an advanced level. Read more
This course will allow you to deepen your existing knowledge, discover new fields, and acquire the skills to enable independent research at an advanced level. You will be asked to consider how the interpretation of works might be affected by editorial and contextual factors, and you will be introduced to theories of textual editing, book history and material culture

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The MA Globalization and Communications degree provides students with a comprehensive grounding in theories, perspectives and research related to globalization and communications. Read more
The MA Globalization and Communications degree provides students with a comprehensive grounding in theories, perspectives and research related to globalization and communications. Core focus includes major political, economic and cultural developments in the contemporary world and their impact on national and transnational media structures and mediated cultural flows. The key parts played by information and communication technologies in infrastructures and processes of globalization are also considered.

Core modules:
Transnational Relations and Communications
Theories of Globalization and New Media
Graduate Seminar: Identities and Boundaries
Research Methods and Management I
Research Methods and Management II
Dissertation

Option modules (two from the following):
The International Context of Mass Communication
News Management, Communication and Social Problems
Advertising and Cultural Consumption
Technology, Culture and Power: Global Perspectives
Film as Mass Communication
The Digital Economy
International Political Communication
Global Cinema

Assessment:
Assessment for this course is by means of essays, research methods and web-based assignments and a dissertation (between 15,000 and 18,000 words).

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The MA in Creative Writing is a challenging course, both intellectually and imaginatively. You will be able to develop your writing skills in a supportive and stimulating environment, taught by experienced and professional writers. Read more
The MA in Creative Writing is a challenging course, both intellectually and imaginatively. You will be able to develop your writing skills in a supportive and stimulating environment, taught by experienced and professional writers.

The course offers you the opportunity to become involved in a uniquely vibrant literary scene in Leicester, with connections to Literary Leicester Festival, the Centre for New Writing, Leicester Shindig and many other events and organisations across the city.

Because of the mixture of forms and genres that the course covers - including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and script-writing - you will be encouraged to experiment beyond your usual experience. In your final dissertation, you'll be able to specialise in a chosen genre, through a sustained piece of work.

The course is highly innovative, in its mixture of creative and academic work and in its vocational elements, that are designed to enhance your employability prospects. It encompasses both traditional forms of writing and publishing and emerging technologies, such as e-books and new media writing. Teaching methods are similarly varied, ranging from seminars, to workshops, individual tutorials, computer labs and guest masterclasses and readings.

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The MA English Local History aims to provide training up to basic research level in the ‘Leicester’ approach to English Local History as a subject which is comparative across the nation; grounded in landscape history; cultural in its concerns; sensitive to long-term chronologies; conceptually aware and inter-disciplinary in its methodologies.. Read more
The MA English Local History aims to provide training up to basic research level in the ‘Leicester’ approach to English Local History as a subject which is comparative across the nation; grounded in landscape history; cultural in its concerns; sensitive to long-term chronologies; conceptually aware and inter-disciplinary in its methodologies.

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The MA in History provides you with the opportunity to pursue an extensive range of historical topics and will equip you with advanced research skills. Read more
The MA in History provides you with the opportunity to pursue an extensive range of historical topics and will equip you with advanced research skills. The course will allow you to expand the breadth of your historical knowledge by selecting from options which have a wide chronological range and international scope.

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