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Modern Languages and Cultures

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Cultural Studies Modern Languages

Course type


Course Summary

Our MA Modern Languages and Cultures master's course prepares students for undertaking further research in constituent disciplines, but it is also aimed at those who wish to broaden and deepen their critical engagement with the wide array of languages and cultures you can study as part of our programme.

The structure of the MA is flexible, which means that you can choose to combine your interests in different languages or cultures, or you can choose to focus more exclusively on one particular area.

Modern Languages at The University of Manchester provide a thriving environment, with its vibrant research culture, University Language Centre facilities, its close links to a wide range of cultural partners across the city and its access to the world-class John Rylands research library.

While this MA offers a range of exciting units that are chronologically or geographically specific, all course units are informed by recent theoretical and historical developments that allow you to think about categories like 'language' and 'culture' in nuanced and fresh ways.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This course unit is divided into three teaching blocks, each comprising two lectures and one practical workshop. It covers three theoretical concepts (such as ‘ideology’, ‘identity’, ‘image’, and ‘narrative) and draws on a range of research fields (such as psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, cultural theory, gender and film studies) that underpin language-based research in the humanities. It introduces students to the origin and genesis of such theoretical concepts and explores how to apply them critically to empirical research beyond historical or discipline-specific contexts. Each of the three blocks is taught by a specialist in the relevant concept, but is united by a similar course design and intellectual rationale. In addition to its theoretical focus, the unit accommodates practical examples of uses of these concepts, thereby allowing students to apply the concepts to their own research specialisms and encouraging them to develop a critical perspective on the assumptions underlying their research.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a good, Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a subject that provides a significant foundation in topics related to this programme as demonstrated by the applicant's transcripts (interim or final).