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MA Crossways in Cultural Narratives

Course Description

About the course

This ERASMUS-MUNDUS Masters programme is a truly international course: EU funded, multilingual, multidisciplinary and taught by a consortium of European and North and South American universities.

Literature is the main subject. The approach is comparative. There are also modules in aesthetics, the history of ideas, semiotics, linguistics and communication.

You’ll study at three of the participating universities. They are: University of Sheffield, England; University of Bergamo, Italy; New University of Lisbon, Portugal; University

of Perpignan, France; University of Poznan, Poland; University of St Andrews, Scotland; University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain; University Iberoamericana, Mexico; University of Guelph, Canada; Entre Rios University, Argentina.

Your career

Our reputation for excellence means your MA will be highly respected by employers. You’ll develop the skills to work in translation, culture and communication internationally or in the UK. Recent graduates have gone on to work for employers such as SDL, Transact, The Big Word, Kaplan, the University of Leeds, the State University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Centre for French and Francophone Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and as International Projects Director at a South Yorkshire College.

You may also choose to follow in the footsteps of students who have continued to PhD and have been awarded highly prestigious grants for PhD study such as Wolfson and WRoCAH scholarships.

About us

We constantly review and revise our degrees to make sure you keep on top of the latest developments in the field. You’ll learn academic theory and practical skills – and how to relate the two.

Sheffield is at the forefront of modern languages research. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us among the top ten Russell Group universities for impact in this field. Recent projects include e-learning and knowledge exchange with industry, and three initiatives looking at language teaching and learning.

Our facilities

You can practise your English, French, German, Italian or Spanish with native speakers at our Modern Languages Teaching Centre. Our specially designed building has modern spaces for teaching and research. We’re right next to the other arts and humanities departments, and there are lots of opportunities to share ideas.

Core modules

No core modules.

Examples of optional modules

These include: Critical Theory; Visual Culture and Society in the Soviet Union; French Cultural Studies; French Gender Studies; Modern Spanish Culture and Literature; Spanish American Literature and Society; Catalan Culture and Literature; Contemporary Portuguese Language and Literature; 19th-Century German Literary Studies; 20th-Century German Literature; Gender Studies in Europe; Concepts and Approaches in Translation Studies; Concepts and Approaches in Intercultural Communication; Intercultural Communication in Practice; Approaches to Translation Genres – plus a large range of School of English modules. You can also take language-learning modules and an internship option is available.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place through lectures, seminars, small-group work and workshops. You’ll be assessed by coursework.

Important information

You can’t apply directly to Sheffield for this course. For further information visit:


Visit the MA Crossways in Cultural Narratives page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You'll need a good 2:1 degree or equivalent in the field of arts, languages or social sciences. You'll also need to possess a near-native, degree-level command of two of the following European Languages: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, and Spanish – together with a basic knowledge of, or a willingness to acquire, a third European language. Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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