MLitt in Cultural Identity Studies

General

Program Description

The MLitt in Cultural Identity Studies offers students the opportunity to gain a theoretical grasp of different dimensions of cultural identity and explore the ways such dimensions are represented in one or more of the cultural traditions of the Arabic- and Persian-speaking world, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Latin America and Russia.

The MLitt in Cultural Identity Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Cultural Identity Studies Institute (CISI), part of the School of Modern Languages. The programme explores the contemporary problem of collective identities as modelled by and expressed in national culture.

Highlights

  • The programme draws on the literary and linguistic expertise of the School of Modern Languages as well as on perspectives of related academic disciplines of critical theory.
  • Students may choose to specialise in Arabic, French, Italian, German, Spanish or Russian.
  • Students receive training in traditional and new research techniques and have the opportunity to broaden their language portfolios.

Teaching format

The taught portion of the course consists of four compulsory modules and a range of optional modules held over two semesters. Classes are delivered through a mixture of lectures (with around 20 students) and seminars (which vary from individual one-to-one teaching up to ten students).

Modules are assessed through coursework; there are no final exams for this programme.

You will spend the summer months focusing on researching and writing a final dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.

Modules

Each module typically comprises:

  • 1.5 to 2-hour weekly seminars and lectures,
  • 100% coursework assessment.

Compulsory

  • Literary and Cultural Theory 1: explores a range of literary and cultural theories through which texts of all sorts may be conceptualised, criticised and analysed.
  • Problems of Culture and Identity 1: aims to introduce major aspects and dimensions of the question of cultural identity.
  • Problems of Culture and Identity 2: aims to explore further major aspects and dimensions of cultural identity.
  • Research and Professional Skills: introduces students to a range of skills which are essential to advanced researchers and key to many other non-academic workplaces.

Optional

This is a sample of the optional modules which may be available for Cultural Identity Studies. Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development).

  • Apples and Oranges: Issues in Comparative Literature
  • The Contemporary Canon: Why Books Sell
  • Europe and America: Dialogues and Identity Formation in Text, Film and Theory
  • French Literary Revolutions
  • German Literary and Cultural Contexts
  • Italian Literary and Cultural Contexts
  • Literary and Cultural Theory 2
  • Middle Eastern Literary Cultural Contexts
  • Patterns in Hispanic Literature and Film
  • Research and Professional Skills
  • Specialised Research in Middle Eastern Literature and Cultures, French Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Russian Studies or Spanish and Latin American Studies

Dissertation

Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on an agreed topic and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.

The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry.

Careers

The MLitt in Cultural Identity Studies prepares students to take on a variety of roles in careers such as:

  • social and educational administration.
  • broadcasting.
  • journalism.
  • parliamentary research within a Scottish, UK and international framework.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.

Entry requirements

  • A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
  • One language taught at the School of Modern Languages (Arabic, French, Italian, German, Persian, Russian, or Spanish) to Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Level 7, Common European Framework Level B1, or equivalent.
  • English language proficiency.

The qualifications listed are indicative of minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

Application requirements

  • CV or résumé.
  • personal statement (optional).
  • a sample of academic written work (2,000 words).
  • two original signed academic references.
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates.
  • evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).

Funding

Recent Graduate Discount

The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.

Last updated October 2019

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