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Modern Languages, Literature & Culture MA

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Our Modern Languages, Literature & Culture MA gives students the opportunity to deepen their 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

• Benefit from being taught in our French, German and Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies Departments which are amongst the UK’s most highly rated for teaching and research.

• Study in departments which pride themselves on taking a close interest in graduate students, and on offering teaching, often in small groups, that draws on the breadth and depth of research expertise and enthusiasm.

• Take advantage of our central location in London giving you easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres that promote French, German, Hispanic and Lusophone culture. We regularly collaborate with distinguished London partners (previous collaborative partners have included the Tate, Imperial War Museum, Freud Museum and the Wiener Library).

• Tailor your MA to suit your interests with our truly interdisciplinary approach within languages and across languages.

What our students say

  • "King’s provided me with first-class academic support and facilities.  As an international student, I have always been concerned to bring my own cultural background into dialogue with European cultures. The encouragement and support I received played a pivotal role in the development of my current PhD project looking at Chinese and German socialist women’s writing in comparative perspective." Yejun, German Department Alumnus

  • "The department’s interdisciplinary nature encouraged me to further develop my interests in gender constructs and representation in Latin American cultural media. The friendly nature of the lecturers and fellow students made for a close-knit learning and social environment. London offers an unparalleled array of academic and cultural opportunities to complement your studies." Ryan, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin Amercian MA Alumnus

  • " I especially appreciated the international environment at King’s, an invaluable experience that led me to a career in International Relations. Today, I’m working for the Goethe-Institut, Germany’s cultural institute abroad which promotes international cultural cooperation and exchange in 98 countries. Looking back, getting a Master’s degree from King’s was a great asset for my personal and professional development." Michael, German Department Alumnus

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 & 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 College London: French; German; and Spanish, Portuguese & 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.

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.

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.

You can find more info about modules here.

Required Modules
You are required to take:

• Research Methodology: Reading Practice/Reading Theory I (20 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 100 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Beyond the Human (20 credits)
  • Culture & Society in Spain, 1800–1936 (20 credits)
  • Culture and Identity in Brazil: Contradictions of Modernity (20 credits)
  • Documenting the Camp: Testimony, Memory, Legacy (20 credits)
  • German in the World (20 credits)
  • Latin American Narrative C20th I (20 credits)
  • Learning from Experience: The Postcolonial, the Personal & the Literary (20 credits)
  • Renaissance Transgressions (20 credits)
  • Research Methodology: Reading Theory/Reading Practice 2 (20 credits)
  • Rights before Human Rights: Eighteenth Century Theories & Representations (20 credits)
  • Text, Image, Object & Gesture in Twentieth-Century French Writing (20 credits)
  • The Troubadours & Their Legacy (20 credits)
  • Unsettled Modernities: Tales of the Untameable in the South Atlantic World (20 credits)

You can find more information about the modules here.

Students are also able to take related modules that are taught outside of the Department and subject to the approval of the course convenor.

If you are a part-time student, you will take the compulsory Research Methodology module in your first year, along with 60 credits of optional modules. In your second year you will take your dissertation along with a further 40 credits of optional modules.

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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Modern Languages, Literature & Culture
Minimum requirements 2:1

Minimum 2:1 BA honours degree or equivalent in any appropriate 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 £60 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 of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
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 Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Writing Sample Yes Please include a writing sample of your work of up to 4,000 words 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 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

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/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £21,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £10,650 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week 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.

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.


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