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Modern Languages, Literature & Culture MA

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Our 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’ll be able to choose from the widest range of modules from the medieval to the contemporary and covering film, literature, visual arts, drama, philosophy, cultural memory and history.

Key benefits

  • 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 research expertise and enthusiasm
  • Study in London offers easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres that promote French, German, Hispanic and Lusophone culture
  • 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 interest

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year full-time, Two years part-time, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ ECTS 90

Course leaders Dr Federico Bonaddio

Further details

Course contact for further information

General enquiries: Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of French Department of German Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies



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Course detail


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.

Course format and assessment


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.


Most of the modules on this course are assessed through coursework, although this may be different for modules from beyond this course. You will also be required to write a dissertation.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

The Strand Campus is in the heart of London, within easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres (e.g. the Instituto Cervantes, Camões Institute, the Goethe Institut, the Institut français) that promote French, German, Hispanic and Lusophone culture, including theatre, music, and art.

The Maughan Library contains an extensive collection on the French, German, Hispanic and Lusophone worlds, including in the Rare Books collection. London offers unparalleled cultural and historical resources, including the British Museum, British Library, British Film Institute, Tate, Imperial War Museum, Wiener Library and National Gallery.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

• Research Methodology: Reading Theory/Reading Practice I (20 credits)

• Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules

Indicative Optional Modules

• Beyond the Human (20 credits)

• Culture and Identity in Brazil: Contradictions of Modernity (20 credits)

• Culture and Society in Spain (20 credits)

• Documenting the Camp: Testimony, Memory, Legacy (20 credits)

• German in the World (20 credits)

• Latin American Narrative in the Twentieth Century (20 credits)

• Learning from Experience: The Postcolonial, the Personal and the Literary (20 credits)

• Renaissance Transgressions: Identity in European Perspective (20 credits)

• Rights before Human Rights: Eighteenth Century Theories and Representations (20 credits)

• Text, Image, Object and Gesture in Twentieth-Century French Writing (20 credits)

• The Troubadours and their Legacy (20 credits)

• Unsettled Modernities: Tales of the Untameable in the South Atlantic World (20 credits)

• Research Methodology: Reading Theory/Reading Practice II (20 credits)

Entry requirements & how to apply

Modern Languages, Literature & Culture
Minimum requirements 2:1

Minimum 2:1 BA honours degree or equivalent in Modern Languages or a related discipline.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band C Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Application procedure

Your application will be carefully read by the convenor, and second read where appropriate by a second academic. We do not interview all applicants, but you are welcome to call the programme leader to arrange a visit. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Modern Languages, Literature & Culture checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Writing Sample Yes Please include a writing sample of your work of up to 4,000 words. This should be in English, fully referenced, and preferably on a subject relevant to the MA.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,460 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,250 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,730 per year (2020/21)

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


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 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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 two 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 emma.bielecki@kcl.ac.uk

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, 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

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


Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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