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Languages, Literatures, Cultures

The MA in Languages, Literatures and Cultures is a distinct course that offers students thorough knowledge in the field of literary and cultural studies with an extensive theoretical foundation to engage critically with various literatures. As opposed to other literary studies courses in the UK (which are commonly affiliated with English departments) it presents a unique opportunity for students who wish to pursue a degree in literatures and comparative studies with a firm emphasis on working on materials in their original language(s). It will thus combine the broad comparative approach to a wide range of seminal historical and current themes in world literature with a strong grounding in linguistic and cultural competence in a particular region or country. Its purpose is to provide a solid foundation that prepares and indeed invites students to proceed to a PhD in a corresponding field by placing an emphasis on the research-led dissertation component of the course. With an equally strong emphasis on current topics and debates, it will also train students to take up employment in the culture sector.

Entry requirements

MA: Students will be expected to have a BA degree (upper-second class degree or equivalent) in a relevant subject, such as language (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian), literature or linguistics from a recognised national or international university. Students not holding a degree in a non-language-related field may be admitted provided they can demonstrate they have the required competence (C1 following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in one of the above mentioned languages.

Course modules

Core Module; Critical Theory and Frameworks; This module aims to introduce established and innovative theoretical and conceptual tools to engage with literary and cultural texts. Optional modules are likely to include: Selected Topics in World Literatures; World Literature and Translation; Science, Technology and the Re-making of Nature; Visual Modernities; History of Translation; Work Placement.

Assessment methods

The course consists of one core module, two to four optional modules, and a dissertation. The core module sets out the intellectual framework for the course, offering a broad overview of key conceptual debates in World Literature, together with methodologies and critical tools for the study of literatures and cultures. The optional modules provide further specialised areas of study in related topics of interest to individual students, and the dissertation-with 15,000 and 20,000 word options-involves detailed study of a particular aspect of a topic related to the broad area of world literature.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 - 2 Years

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Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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