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Modern Languages, Literature & Culture MA

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Our innovative Modern Languages, Literature and Culture MA gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of one or more of the languages and cultures of the French, German, Portuguese and Spanish-speaking worlds. You can do a joint or single language MA that enables you to develop your existent linguistic and cultural skills or you can take our MA without any prior language skills in French, German, Spanish or Portuguese. You'll be able to choose from the widest range of modules in the UK, from the medieval period to the contemporary, covering film, literature, the visual arts, drama, philosophy, cultural memory and history. Exceptionally, we are delighted to be able to offer limited scholarships for prospective students. Please see below under Fees and Funding for further details.

Key benefits

  • Research in French, German and Spanish - research impact rated 87.5% at ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) and at 100% for ‘world leading’ (4*) research environment (REF 2021).
  • Our French, German and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Departments are amongst the oldest in the country, with an international reputation for the quality of our teaching and research
  • We provide each student with close and personal attention, with teaching offered in small groups that draw on the breadth and depth of our research expertise and enthusiasm
  • Students can take advantage of our central location in London giving them easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres that promote French, German, Hispanic and Lusophone cultures. We regularly collaborate with distinguished London partners (previous collaborations have included the Tate, Imperial War Museum, Freud Museum and the Wiener Library)
  • Our broad range of modules offer a truly interdisciplinary approach within and across languages that can be tailored to suit individual interests

MA Modern Languages, Literature and Culture is a one-year course (two-years part-time) which combines the research strengths and subject specialisms of the three modern languages departments at King’s: French; German; and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American Studies. In addition to the core dissertation and compulsory module on research methodologies and critical theory, you may choose from options on subjects from the Middle Ages to the present day. The course offers you the flexibility to focus on one or more of the cultures of the French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish-speaking worlds.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Teaching

If you are a full-time student, we will provide six hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 34 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student, we will provide two to four hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 16 to 18 hours of independent study.

For your dissertation, we will organise a workshop and provide you with four hours of supervision.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and a dissertation. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, class presentations and a research methodology exercise. Coursework contributes approximately 67% and the dissertation approximately 33% to your final mark.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Some of our students go on to research in our department or at other institutions. Others have gone on to excel in a diverse range of careers such as teaching, journalism, cultural management, politics and world of finance.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Funding Opportunities

    Sévigné Studentship is available to one full-time students wishing to pursue the MA in Modern Languages, Literature & Culture (French or joint-French pathways). Find out additional information here.

    For any further information, please contact Ros Murray  <ros.murray@kcl.ac.uk>

    Baroness von Schlippenbach Studentship is available to a limited number of full-time students wishing to pursue the MA in Modern Languages, Literature & Culture (Spanish Portuguese and Latin American Studies (SPLAS) pathway or joint-SPLAS pathways). Find out additional information here.

    For any further information, please contact languages@kcl.ac.uk

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

     

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • library fees and fines
    • personal photocopies
    • printing course handouts
    • society membership fees
    • stationery
    • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • graduation costs

    Funding

    MA Modern Languages, Literature and Culture is a one-year course (two-years part-time) which combines the research strengths and subject specialisms of the three modern languages departments at King’s: French; German; and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American Studies. In addition to the core dissertation and compulsory module on research methodologies and critical theory, you may choose from options on subjects from the Middle Ages to the present day. The course offers you the flexibility to focus on one or more of the cultures of the French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish-speaking worlds.

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    Teaching

    If you are a full-time student, we will provide six hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 34 hours of independent study.

    If you are a part-time student, we will provide two to four hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 16 to 18 hours of independent study.

    For your dissertation, we will organise a workshop and provide you with four hours of supervision.

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and a dissertation. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, class presentations and a research methodology exercise. Coursework contributes approximately 67% and the dissertation approximately 33% to your final mark.

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Some of our students go on to research in our department or at other institutions. Others have gone on to excel in a diverse range of careers such as teaching, journalism, cultural management, politics and world of finance.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Funding Opportunities

      Sévigné Studentship is available to one full-time students wishing to pursue the MA in Modern Languages, Literature & Culture (French or joint-French pathways). Find out additional information here.

      For any further information, please contact Ros Murray  <ros.murray@kcl.ac.uk>

      Baroness von Schlippenbach Studentship is available to a limited number of full-time students wishing to pursue the MA in Modern Languages, Literature & Culture (Spanish Portuguese and Latin American Studies (SPLAS) pathway or joint-SPLAS pathways). Find out additional information here.

      For any further information, please contact languages@kcl.ac.uk

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

       

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • library fees and fines
      • personal photocopies
      • printing course handouts
      • society membership fees
      • stationery
      • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • graduation costs

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