Modern Languages, Literature and Culture

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

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.
  • Learn from distinguished London partners as part of your degree (previous collaborative partners have included the Tate, Imperial War Museum, Freud Museum and the Wiener Library), making the most of King's London position.
  • Tailor your MA to suit your interests with our truly interdisciplinary approach within languages

Who should take this course

Minimum 2:1 BA honours degree or equivalent in any appropriate discipline.



Course content

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

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)
  • Brazilian Populism, Culture & the State: Vargas & Beyond (20 credits)
  • Collaborative Translation (20 credits)
  • Conflicts of the Mind: Narratives of Social Division in Italy & Spain since the 1930s (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Francophone Literatures (20 credits)
  • Contemporary French Women's Writing (20 credits)
  • Culture & Society in Spain, 1800-1936 (20 credits)
  • Desiring Obscure Objects: The Avant-Garde in the 1920s and 1930s (20 credits)
  • Documenting the Camp: Testimony, Memory, Legacy (20 credits)
  • Exile & Identity: the Jews of Muslim & Christian Spain (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)
  • Rights before Human Rights: Eighteenth Century Theories & Representations (20 credits)
  • Society on Stage: Theatre during the Discoveries (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)

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.


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.