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COMPARATIVE LITERARY AND CULTURAL STUDIES (FRENCH, GERMAN, ITALIAN, JAPANESE, SPANISH) (MA)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2020 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £4175.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

This multidisciplinary, flexible course will give you a thorough grounding in comparative literature and cultural studies in the context of modern languages. It also allows you to explore the cultures of a variety of language-speaking areas: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Brazilian, and Spanish and Latin American. You can take a broadly comparative pathway through the degree or choose to engage with one or more specific language-speaking areas. 

The course brings together a team of renowned academic experts in cultural studies, visual studies, linguistics, comparative literature and cultures, history and thought. We will help you steer a pathway through the programme that reflects your specific interests, career and personal ambitions, and language knowledge. You will be able to choose whether you study texts in the original language(s) or in English translation; if you work in the original language(s) this will be reflected in the final degree title (eg MA French and Spanish). 

If you are interested in pursuing further research, we offer an associated MPhil/PhD Comparative Literature. 

This multidisciplinary, flexible course will give you a thorough grounding in comparative literature and cultural studies in the context of modern languages. It also allows you to explore the cultures of a variety of language-speaking areas: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Brazilian, and Spanish and Latin American. You can take a broadly comparative pathway through the degree...

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Course Content

You take one core module, three option modules and a compulsory research skills module (three parts), and write a 15,000-word dissertation. 

PATHWAYS 

You can take a number of pathways through the programme, choosing to take a broadly comparative approach or to specialise in a particular language or area. Pathways include: 

  • Comparative Literature 
  • French Studies 
  • German Studies 
  • Italian Studies 
  • Iberian and Latin American Studies 
  • Japanese Studies 
  • Portuguese and Brazilian Studies 
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies. 

Read more about the range of pathways and areas of teaching, supervision and expertise available on this course. 

CORE MODULE

  • Studying Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies in Modern Languages

COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Research Skills Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (Modern Languages) Part 3
  • Research Skills Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (Modern Languages) Parts 1 & 2

OPTION MODULES

  • Imagining the Nation
  • Interrogating the Self
  • Memory and History

MA COMPARATIVE LITERARY AND CULTURAL STUDIES (MODERN LANGUAGES) DISSERTATION

  • Dissertation MA Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (Modern Languages)

DEGREE TITLE 

In order to be awarded a degree that reflects a specialisation, assessment for at least 90 credits of the degree must be related to the area reflected in the degree title. Examples of degree titles include: 

  • MA French and German Studies 
  • MA German and Japanese Studies 
  • MA Italian and Spanish and Latin American Studies 
  • MA Japanese and Italian Studies 
  • MA Portuguese and Brazilian Studies 
  • MA Spanish and Latin American Studies.

You take one core module, three option modules and a compulsory research skills module (three parts), and write a 15,000-word dissertation.  PATHWAYS  You can take a number of pathways through the programme, choosing to take a broadly comparative approach or to specialise in a particular language or area. Pathways...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

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Birkbeck, University of London

Full Time, 1 year

October, 2020

£8350.00

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 2 years

October, 2020

£4175.00

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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