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MLitt in Multiple Cultural Studies

Course Description

MLitt in French Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Middle Eastern Literary and Cultural Studies, Russian Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies
If you are looking to expand your understanding and knowledge of the literature, culture and history of one of these languages, and /or to continue at PhD level, select your programme from this suite we offer. You need to have an undergraduate degree in the appropriate language (in the case of Middle Eastern Literary and Cultural Studies either Persian or Arabic). The structure of the language and culture-specific MLitt programmes is mirrored in each language, with a common core of modules which all MLitt students take together (Literary and Cultural Theory 1 & 2, and Research and Professional Skills). Then all students in each programme take their specific Literary and Cultural contexts module; so for French, for example, this will be French Literary Revolutions. Then with the Specialised Research module, and finally the Dissertation, the focus becomes much narrower as you identify your specific research interests and topics and the teaching becomes more individualised and geared towards encouraging and directing independent research.

Literary and Cultural Theory 1 & 2 methodically introduce the major figures and schools of literary and cultural theory. Research and Professional Skills covers practical issues such as the publication of journal articles or monographs, writing reviews and reports, IT skills, using bibliographical databases, conferences, from proposing, writing and delivering papers, to publishing proceedings and preparing for interviews.

Literary and Cultural Contexts will provide a solid grounding in the main literary movements and canonical texts in each specific language area. These modules are designed to enable you to better contextualise your own specific area of interest within the broader literary and cultural realities in which they are situated.


* There are six language departments (Arabic and Persian, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish) providing discipline-specific programmes plus collaborative programmes in Comparative Literature and Cultural Identity Studies.

* Strong international collaborations through the Erasmus Mundus Masters programme (with partner universities in England, France, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Canada, Argentina and Mexico).

* Current postgraduate population of 35 PhD students and some 20 students on various taught programmes.

* A diverse and international student body from across Europe, North America, the Middle East, the Far East, and Africa, as well as the UK.

* Strong emphasis on integration of taught and research postgraduates, in particular through the postgraduate seminar series, postgraduate organised workshops, and the annual postgraduate conference – all postgraduates are encouraged to participate in all of these.

* Strong emphasis on students’ personal development, as programmes are designed specifically to promote the transition from undergraduate to more autonomous postgraduate approaches to study and research.

* The recently revised structure of the MLitt programmes combines an integrated interdisciplinarity with subject specific contextualisation, and a broad-based knowledge is developed towards in-depth specialism as the course progresses.

* Particular attention to more practical personal development in the core module Research and Professional Skills, which provides instruction and training in a range of skills useful for an academic career and transferable to other professions.

Postgraduate community

Whilst the six departments in the School of Modern Languages retain their individuality, the School as a whole is very well integrated, with collaborative teaching within and across departments, and this is reflected in the postgraduate community as well. Students on different MLitt programmes will all take some core modules together, and all postgraduates, MLitt, Mundus, and PhD students are encouraged to attend the large number of research seminars and workshops which take place in the School, as well as organising their own specific events. The size of the School and the number of postgraduates provides a friendly informal setting conducive to interdisciplinarity and discussion of ideas and issues in a thought-provoking but relaxed and supportive environment.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary as some modules are common to a number of programmes and so have more students in them, whilst others may be more specialised and therefore smaller.


Many of our postgraduates go on to careers in the academic field, as university teachers, researchers or administrators. Others find employment in other areas, for example as cultural advisors, translators, or in the public or civil service. Recent graduates have secured posts such as university teachers in the UK and Germany, research assistants, a postgraduate recruitment officer, at GCHQ, a professional translator, an adviser to the CBI, and a subtitler for television.

Visit the MLitt in Multiple Cultural Studies page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Our minimum academic requirement for entry to most programmes is a 2:1 degree classification from a recognised UK university or the equivalent in a subject-related area

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