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In the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures we offer a range of Master’s programmes in a central London location.



You will be studying in a central London location that opens the doors to endless world-class libraries, research and cultural institutes, galleries, museums, cinemas and theatres. Each MA programme culminates in a dissertation — a longer piece of research-led study which you work on under the supervision of one of our specialists.

Our flagship programmes all have a global outlook and include Comparative Literature; Modern Languages, Literature and Culture; and Critical Theory.  




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Study literatures from across the globe with topics stretching beyond the ancient and modern literatures of Europe to the Americas, Australia, India, the Middle East, and north and sub-Saharan Africa. The Master’s core module engages students in selected comparative topics from the current research of our teaching staff and gives you first-hand experience of state-of-the-art research in our subject. The programme offers a wide range of optional modules both from within the Department and from around the College.

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Focus on one or two of our core languages — French, German, Spanish and Portuguese — and pursue a huge range of modules that cover historical periods from the Middle Ages to the present day, and many areas of expertise including literature, critical theory, film, gender theory, postcolonial studies, performance, and visual culture, and more besides. This is all built around a core course that gives you a thorough grounding in research methodologies.

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Study the history and applications of critical methodologies across the humanities. Students on this programme interrogate a wide range of modern schools of thought and areas of critical enquiry including Marxism, biopolitics, race, technology and sexuality. You will take the core theoretical module in each semester, and then choose further options from a wide array drawn from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King’s.

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Our Eighteenth-Century Studies course is co-taught by lecturers from different departments across Arts & Humanities, with some sessions also led by experts in museums and galleries across London, making it a degree which looks broadly and deeply at the eighteenth century. The core focus on ideas, objects, texts and arts enables you to explore the Enlightenment through concepts of race, gender, class; intellectual networks and material culture; visual arts and literature, and encourages you to use the unique, diverse and rich collections in central London, all close to King's, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Foundling Museum, and Sir John Soane's Museum.

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The course looks in depth at the Middle Ages and their relevance to today. The combination of literature, history and culture will give you a tangible sense of the period and looks at the different ways the Middle Ages have been understood from the 17th century to the present day as well as how new ways of studying the period are emerging in the digital era. The course gives you insight into the culture as well as the history and literature of the Middle Ages and the chance to consider medieval manuscripts in original or digital form.

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MA: minimum 2 years, maximum 6 years
PG Dip: minimum 16 months, maximum 4 years
PG Cert: minimum 8 months, maximum 3 years

Break down cultural barriers with an online master's from King's College London. Study complex topics such as race, diversity and inclusion, gender studies and migration from experts in their field.

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