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MA Global Literatures and Cultures

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year September 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Modern Languages and Cultures
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2:2 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: Prof. Muireann Maguire

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

Top 150 in world subject rankings for Modern Languages

QS World University Subject Rankings 2024

Top 15 in UK subject rankings for Modern Languages

The Complete University Guide 2024

100% of our Modern Languages and Linguistics research has internationally excellent impact

Based on research impact rated 4* and 3* in REF 2021

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

Entry requirements

We will consider applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree with 53% or above in their first degree in a relevant subject area. While we normally only consider applicants who meet this criteria, if you are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

Led by the Department of Languages, Cultures and Visual Studies, this MA allows students to access specialist teaching across 7 languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, German, Portuguese) and visual culture from the pre-modern to contemporary period.

Students can choose from a wide variety of option modules across Languages, Cultures and Visual Studies, English, Film, Publishing, Translation and other Humanities programmes.

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. Students may also opt to take languages credits as part of their MA programme.

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 the core module over Term One and Term Two, alongside one or two optional modules each term (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.

90 credits of compulsory modules and 90 credits of optional modules.

a Please note, you must only select a maximum of 30 credits from these modules.

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
SMLM113 Dissertation in Global Literatures and Cultures 60
SMLM235 Key Concepts for Global Literatures and Cultures 30

Optional modules

CodeModule Credits
MLX MA GLC opt 2023-4
AHVM002 Arts of the Contemporary World 30
CLAM078 Classical Reception: An Introduction 15
CLAM261 Homers Odyssey and the Caribbean 15
EAFM088 Sense, Sensation and Cinema 30
EASM106 Criticism and Theory: Current Debates 30
EASM150 Empire, Decadence and Modernity: Literature 1870-1910 30
EASM151 Modernism and Material Culture 30
EASM152 Criticism and Theory: Critical and Literary Theory in a Global Context 30
EASM154 The Body and Identity 30
EASM167 World Cinema / World Literature 30
EASM173 Postcolonial Studies: Literature, Theory, Practice 30
EASM174 Writing Women in the English Middle Ages 30
EASM179 Translation and Publishing: New Approaches to Literary Activism 30
EASM180 Crossing Medieval Boundaries 30
EASM181 Romanticism and the Politics of Exclusion 30
SMLM156 Translation as Literary and Creative Practice 15
SMLM235 Key Concepts for Global Literatures and Cultures 30
SMLM236 Latin American Cinema: Race, Nation and Representation 30
SMLM237 Classical Reception and Contemporary Women's Writing 30
SMLM238 French Language and Culture in Medieval Britain 30
ARAM251 Esotericism and the Magical Tradition 30
ARAM214 Islamic Culture and Civilisation 15
ARAM248 Texts and Traditions in Islamic Intellectual History 15
ARAM227 Oral History: Principles and Practice 30
ARAM225 Gender and Politics in the Middle East 30
SMLM158 Translation as Cultural and Intermedia Practice 15
MLX MA GLC opt note a 2023-4 [See note a above]
FLM3015 Classical Chinese 15
SML3041 Green Matters in Modern Languages and Cultures 15
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15
MLM3008 Introduction to Modern Chinese Literature 15
SML3040 Women in Translation: Gender and Publishing in the 21st Century 15


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£12,000 full-time; £6,000 part-time

International fees per year:

£24,300 full-time; £12,150 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries 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 Latin America.


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

Students are exposed to a range of teaching about the international circulation and exchange of ideas, with attention to challenging traditional hierarchies and power structures. Students will learn about a range of subjects, which may include in any given year: European and Global Modernisms, Chinese art and literature, Spanish and Latin American fiction, Translation, Cosmopolitanism, French medieval texts, Russian history, German architecture and Digital Humanities.


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 department. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in research projects and events. For instance, our MA students were recently involved in organising the Translation Festival at the University and Central Library. Current research projects in the Department include Venezuelan Voices, Cartas Vivas, RusTrans and Narrating Maternity in Russian and Comparative Literature.


The Department of Languages, Cultures and Visual Studies 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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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. Graduates can look to work in a diverse range of sectors including publishing, civil service, teaching, translation and more.

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.

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.