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Languages, Literatures, Cultures MA

Durham University

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Durham University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course Summary

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.

Course Learning and Teaching

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.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 20,300per year

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

University information

Durham University

  • University League Table

    7th

  • Campus address

    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 106 2

    15th out of 102 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    197 96%

    2nd

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%

    4th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%

    58th

    5
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    154 78%

    11th

    5
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    63 63%

    41st

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.11 82%

    26th

    26

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