MA Global Literatures and Cultures

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
  • Modern Languages
  • English
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September


As part of our MA in Global Literatures and Cultures you will work with leading scholars to explore the works of literature, art and thought that have shaped our global culture. 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.

Our research covers all periods from the medieval to the contemporary, with expertise in literary studies, textual editing and criticism, film and visual art, architecture and museum culture, so you are able to shape the generic, chronological and geographical focus of your studies according to your interests.

Reflecting the increasingly plurilingual nature of contemporary societies, our interdisciplinary MA encourages you to read texts in the original language wherever possible, whilst also broadening your horizons via the study of texts and films in translation. You may also choose to take the optional Global Literatures and Cultures Work Placement module. This practice-based module will enable you to plan and arrange a placement with an external cultural organisation in which you will work on a commissioned project, allowing you to develop work-based skills and experience.

Programme structure

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.

Learning and teaching

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.


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 pages.

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.


You will be able to use the whole range of Library services during your time at Exeter. We have modern study spaces, an extensive Academic Library, inter-Library loan system, and an extensive Digital Library all of which you will have full access to.

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, housed within the University’s Old Library, holds a unique archival collection with particular strength in the area of British Film. Our archive, rare book and manuscript resources, also found in the Old Library, cover all subject areas with major highlights including Twentieth-Century South West Writing, Literature and Visual Culture, Victorian Culture and Imperial Endeavour, and Arab and Islamic Studies.

We have also invested £1.2 million into Digital Humanities to create a new lab and research space for the examination and preservation of important historical, literary and visual artefacts. The lab will allow you to use high-tech equipment to find out more about our cultural heritage, examine items in greater detail and share discoveries with the public. For more information view our Digital Humanities Lab page.

Entry requirements

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

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2020/21

  • UK/EU: £8,750 full-time; £4,375 part-time
  • International: £18,500 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.

Contact us

Admissions Office - Exeter

Web: Enquire online
Phone: 0300 555 6060 (UK callers)
+44 (0)1392 723044 (EU/International callers)

MA Global Literatures and Cultures Programme Leader

Dr Zhiguang Yin
Phone: +44 (0)1392 723286

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