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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Improve your understanding of global languages, cultures and societies on this MA Languages and Cultures degree at the University of Southampton.

On this language master’s, our expert tutors will give you specialist multicultural knowledge and skills necessary to take on a wide range of careers.

On this course you’ll study a variety of cultural and literary topics, and their history, ethnography and anthropology. We’ll give you thorough training in the theory and research methods you'll need to understand events and texts from across our regions of specialisation, which include:

  • modern Europe
  • Latin America
  • Africa and the black diaspora
  • East and South Asia
  • the Jewish diaspora

Throughout the course, we'll work closely with you to help develop your own research interests in relation to the degree.

As a postgraduate student, you’ll be a full member of the dynamic research environment here at Southampton. Your learning will be enriched by events hosted by the multidisciplinary Centre for Transnational Studies, which hosts research seminars, postgraduate workshops, public lectures and engagement events throughout the year.

You’ll also have access to the Modern Languages Research Group, and to events run by other research groups, including the:

  • Centre for Imperial and Postcolonial Studies
  • Centre for Global Englishes
  • Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing
  • Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations

Our faculty has close links to Southampton’s internationally recognised cultural institutions, such as the John Hansard Gallery and Nuffield Theatre, which offer additional opportunities for globally-oriented cultural enrichment.

You will also have the opportunity to improve your foreign language skills through the Language Opportunity Programme. You could pick up a new language from scratch or increase your proficiency in one you already know. We offer a variety of levels in many languages.


The course will give you the analysis, communication and critical thinking skills to excel in a wide range of careers. In particular you’ll learn about what working across cultures entails, meaning you’ll be well suited to work in multicultural and multilingual environments.

Should you choose to continue an academic career, you’ll benefit from our department’s track record in securing places and funding for postgraduate research.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,850per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    26th out of 102 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    142 72%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54 54%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.88 78%



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