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MA Global Literatures and Cultures - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2022
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Modern Languages and Cultures

Programme Director Dr Zhiguang Yin
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0300 555 6060 (UK)  
+44 (0)1392 723044 (non-UK)

Typical offer

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2:1 Honours degree

Contextual offers


  • Interpret and analyse complex textual and cultural artefacts using a range of skills desired by employers
  • Work with leading scholars to explore the works of literature, art and thought that have shaped our global culture
  • First-class teaching and supervision from leading experts
  • Benefit from a range of guest speaker events, symposia and workshops linked to our diverse research centres

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Programme Director: Dr Zhiguang Yin

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

 Discover MA Global Literatures and Cultures at the University of Exeter.

Top 200 in world subject rankings for Modern Languages

QS World University Subject Rankings 2022

Top 10 in UK subject rankings for Modern Languages

The Complete University Guide 2021

£1.1m external research funding awarded over past 3 years

Academic years 2015-2018

Taught by published translators and experienced practitioners, plus specialists in the use of machine translation and computer-assisted translation tools

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements


Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

You may take the MA in Global Literatures and Cultures full time over one academic year or part time over two, completing the core module (30 credits), the compulsory dissertation (60 credits), and selecting three or more optional modules (90 credits), amounting to 180 credits in total. You will take a core module over Term One and Term Two, alongside one or two optional modules each term (work placement and subject options available).

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Course variants

  • May suit you if you prefer to carry out an independent research project under the supervision of an academic
  • Assessed by a written dissertation of up to 40,000 words
  • Formal qualification without the long-term commitment of a PhD
  • Successful completion could lead to further doctoral research


2022/23 entry

UK fees per year:

£9,500 full-time; £4,750 part-time

International fees per year:

£20,000 full-time; £10,000 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* and Green Futures Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research


Here at the University of Exeter we offer first-class teaching and supervision from leading experts in the literature and cultures of Modern Europe (including the United Kingdom and Russia), as well as China, the United States, North Africa and the Global South.


Most of the formal teaching will be done through a mixture of classes and workshops as well as experiential learning or placements. You will be assessed in a variety of methods including coursework and group or research presentations.


You will also carry out a Dissertation or Dissertation by Practice, which will require you to produce an original piece of independent research or practice-based work, based on your interests.

Research areas

Drawing directly on the internationally-recognised research and teaching expertise across the departments of Modern Languages, English, Art History and Visual Culture, Classics, History and Film.


The College of Humanities operates a variety of Research Centres across all subject disciplines, including the Modern Languages Centre for Translating Cultures, the Global China Research Centre, the Centre for Imperial and Global History, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Centre for Early Modern Studies, the Centre for Latin American Studies, the Centre for Intermedia, and the Centre for Victorian Studies.

These centres provide a lively and stimulating programme of visiting speaker events, symposia and workshops that will complement and enrich your postgraduate studies.

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Zhiguang (Sam) Yin received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2011. Before joining the University of Exeter, he worked as an assistant professor at Zayed University in the UAE.

His research interest lies mainly in the area of Chinese modern intellectual and legal history, 19-20 century history of international relations, and contemporary Sino-Middle Eastern relations. With a strong curiosity of understanding the formation of our modern “world-view” and the historical logic of contemporary world order, he enjoys investigating the complex stories behind the international travel of different “-isms”. He has published intensively in these fields in both English and Chinese languages.

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Dr Zhiguang Yin

Senior Lecturer in Chinese


Our programme will develop your specific competences to interpret and analyse complex textual and cultural artefacts, you will graduate with a full range of skills that will make you competitive in the job market. You will be encouraged to become a productive, useful and questioning member of society, be able to assimilate significant quantities of data (written text and visual sources) and express yourself clearly and with precision in oral and written form.

Work placement

If you choose to take the optional work placement module you may choose to work with organisations such as media firms, publishers, museums and art galleries, libraries and archives, or relevant heritage sites.

The work placement module will allow you to develop an understanding of how the skills and knowledge acquired as part of a Global Literatures and Cultures Masters’ degree are applicable to the workplace and to extend relevant work-based skills and knowledge in a reflective way. It will also give you an understanding of a non-academic work environment through practical activities and enable you to gain experience in the use of relevant methods, technologies and applications commonly used in such organisations.

For the work placement module, you will hold responsibility for securing a placement. However, support and advice will be provided by our careers team in the College of Humanities.

Careers and employment support

While studying at Exeter you can also access a range of activities, advice and practical help to give you the best chance of following your chosen career path. For more information visit our Careers webpages.

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