Taught course

Crossways in Cultural Narratives Mundus Masters (EU)

University of St Andrews · School of Modern Languages
Mundus Masters

Entry requirements

First Class or 2:1 UK BA degree or equivalent, particularly a Modern Languages Degree (e.g. literature, thought and cultural studies programmes of a high, specialised level relating to one, or more of the following: Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain or Europe as a whole); and possess a near-native, degree-level command of TWO of the following European Languages: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish (and soon German), together with a basic knowledge of, or a willingness to acquire, a practical working knowledge of a THIRD European language.

Months of entry


Course content

The Erasmus Mundus MLitt in Crossways in Cultural Narratives is a two year programme delivered by a consortium of ten international universities. At St Andrews, study in this degree focuses on the areas of cultural identities and comparative literature.

Course highlights

  • The truly international programme offers students the ability to study three languages at three different institutions.
  • Erasmus Mundus students who choose St Andrews as their home university have the option of conducting work placements.
  • Students plan their own mobility track, or course of study, across two years.

Teaching format

The Erasmus Mundus MLitt in Crossways in Cultural Narratives is a two-year taught postgraduate programme open to both European and non-European students. It is run by an international consortium of the following universities:

  • Bergamo, Italy
  • Lisboa, Portugal
  • Poznan, Poland
  • Perpignan, France
  • Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • St Andrews, Scotland
  • Sheffield, England
  • Guelph, Canada
  • Entre Ríos, Argentina
  • Mexico City, Mexico.

The programme centres on the theme of crossways and cultural hybridisation. Its major discipline is literature with a comparative approach, but it includes modules in aesthetics, history of ideas, semiotics, linguistics and communication. Study at St Andrews focuses on the areas of cultural identities and comparative literature.

The course is divided into four semesters. Students spend Semesters 2 and 3 at the same university, and Semesters 1 and 4 at two different universities. Please note that students may not choose a mobility track comprising both St Andrews and Sheffield, and they may not spend the same academic year in both Canada and the UK.

Students may choose their modules (subject to final approval by the Crossways Academic Council), or they may choose a preselected pathway of modules.

The Mundus programme counts credit values in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), which are worth twice as much as St Andrews credits (for example, 20 ECTS credits are equal to 40 St Andrews credits). Students must take 30 ECTS (60 St Andrews credits) minimum per semester.

During the programme, students participate in courses delivered through lectures and seminars which are graded by either continuous assessment, the preparation of a researched dossier or examinations at the end of the semester. At the end of the course, students work autonomously on a final dissertation (worth 20 ECTS) under supervision by members of the consortium's teaching staff.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Non EU students may qualify for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship.


Qualification and course duration

Mundus Masters

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 3670