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In the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures we offer a range of Master’s programmes, all benefiting from our commitment to teaching excellence and the enthusiasm that all our staff bring to their areas of research expertise.

We are a large, lively department with a wide-range of interests and specialisms. Our location in central London 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 department's expertise in both European and non-European languages and literatures brings a distinctive perspective to our Comparative Literature MA, opening up debate on what constitutes world literature.

Studying at postgraduate level with our department can lead to doctoral study or careers in a range of industries — from arts administration and media to politics and finance.




Our courses

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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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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