|Duration||1 year full time
2 years part time
|Duration||1 year full time
2 years part time
- 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
- Option for work placement module working on a commissioned project
Top 10 in UK subject rankings for Modern Languages
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and in The Complete University Guide 2021
Top 200 in world subject rankings for Modern Languages
QS World University Subject Rankings 2020
£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
A first degree, normally equivalent to a UK 2:1 Honours degree in English, Linguistics, Translation or a similar subject. Exceptions may be made if you are already working within the translation industry.
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 both core modules (60 credits), the compulsory dissertation (60 credits), and selecting two or more optional modules (60 credits), amounting to 180 credits in total. You will take a core module in Term One and another in Term Two, alongside one or two optional modules each term (work placement and subject options available). In the second and third terms, you will participate in supervision sessions towards the compulsory Dissertation (15,000 words) or equivalent Dissertation by Practice.
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.
- 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
UK/EU fees per year:
Full time: £8,750 Part time: £4,375
International fees per year:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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