Taught course

Modern Languages and Cultures

University of Glasgow · School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

You should normally have a good Honours degree (2.1 or better) or equivalent in a Modern European language or cognate discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters in Modern Languages and Cultures provides an exciting multidisciplinary forum for advanced study in a wide range of cultures and languages. It offers a high degree of flexibility with taught and research-based elements to allow you to tailor your studies to your own interests. It is a stand-alone programme, but also provides excellent preparation for further research and study.

Why Glasgow

  • The School is highly interdisciplinary with research and teaching in language and translation studies, literary studies, cinema, cultural studies and visual cultures.
  • We offer a wide range of languages and cultures. We have specialists in Catalan, Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
  • The programme offers a high degree of flexibility and also allows you to take courses from across the Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences, giving you the opportunity to create a specifically tailored, interdisciplinary curriculum.
  • If you prefer, the programme can also be tailored to concentrate on a single language area or culture.
  • We offer a friendly and supportive environment and a lively postgraduate community, with student-led research seminars and social activities.
  • The core course and the design and execution of an extended research project will equip you with a broad set of transferable skills and also provide you with the necessary preparation if you wish to continue to doctoral research.
  • You can take the MLitt in Modern Languages and Cultures whether or not you already have a knowledge of one or more foreign languages; you may follow the course entirely in English translation, or make use of any linguistic skills you have in our areas of expertise. If you wish to take up a new language, this can be part of your programme of study.
  • Our MLitt is complemented within the School by the MSc in Translation Studies and the MLitt in Comparative Literature.

Programme Structure

You will take a core course and a selection of optional courses. You will also pursue a specialist interest during the programme and produce a dissertation on this topic with the advice and guidance of your supervisor. There is also the option to study a language from a wide range offered by the school and a range of other optional courses from schools across the University.

Taught courses will contain a mixture of seminars, workshops and one-to-one consultation.

Core course

  • Modern Language Studies: Exercises in Reflective Practice

This course explores central issues and themes in approach and research methodology in the field of Modern Language studies. In this respect, it aims to help students develop the writing skills and intellectual tools to be able to outline personal positions that are informed by and respond to key research themes and priorities in the Arts and Humanities currently and which also reflect wider traditions of national and transnational disciplinary and interdisciplinary debate.

The course aims to:

  • explore the intellectual and scholarly foundations of advanced study in the field of modern language studies, drawing on a range of disciplines and interdisciplinary confluences;
  • enable students to formulate and plan research projects on a topic within the area of interest, especially with reference to research themes and questions characteristic of work in the field of modern language critical studies;
  • help students develop critical thinking and communication and presentation skills;
  • help prepare students for the next stage in their careers, whether pursuing further research, including doctoral study, or entering employment of different kinds.

Optional courses

You can pick from a wide range of topic courses provided within the School in a variety of subject areas, such as Comparative Literature, European Cinema, French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic/Ibero-American Studies, Italian Studies, Slavonic Studies.

The following PG-level courses may be available within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures:

  • European and Latin-American cinema
  • Reading the New Europe
  • Visual Cultures
  • European narratives of illness
  • The cinema of Communist and Post-Communist Europe
  • The mass media of Communist and Post-Communist Europe

Students can follow up to 30 credits of undergraduate options. These can also form the basis for the Directed Study and Portfolio options outlined below:

Directed Study
Directed Study, taken over semester 1 or 2, provides a robust but flexible structure capable of accommodating the varying interests, competencies and requirements of students.

Portfolio Option
An alternative to Directed Study, the Portfolio Option, again taken over semesters 1 or 2, consists of three essays engaging with topics in a particular field, the goal being to provide students with little or no previous experience in a given field with a broad-based overview of a new subject area.

You may also choose from a wide range of PG options available across the Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences.


You may choose to take a Postgraduate language course at Beginner's, Non-Beginner Elementary, Intermediate or Advanced level for either one or two semesters, which is relevant to your prospective research focus. This can be chosen from the schools list of postgraduate language courses. Or Chinese Language 1 (Mandarin) in semester 1 and/or Chinese Language 2 (Mandarin) in semester 2 is also available. Finally, you also have the choice of a language from out with the School, such as Celtic, Estonian or Latvian. You also may choose a classical or medieval language, such as Latin, Old French or Old Icelandic.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 7.0; no sub-test less than 7.0. ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22 with Speaking no less than 23. CAE: 185; no sub-test less than 185. CPE: 185; no sub-test less than 185. PTE Academic: 68; minimum 60 in writing

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Ms. Carolyn Donaldson