University of Southampton

Faculty of Humanities

Introduction

Over 6,500 international students from more than 135 countries choose to study at the University of Southampton each year. In addition, we have links with universities and partners around the world, making us a truly international institution.

Here at Humanities, we are fascinated by people and their activities and achievements over the centuries, from prehistory to the modern day. We are well-known for ground-breaking and internationally-significant research and education across our wide-ranging disciplines, most of which are ranked in the top ten across British universities.

Knowing what makes human beings tick is more important than ever in these turbulent times. Studying for a degree in one of our disciplines offers people new insights into humanity and prompts the kind of intellectual vitality and creative energy that springs from a deep passion for learning and teaching.

Our world-class academic staff provide our undergraduates and postgraduates with the highest level of tuition and support, their expertise always based directly on their personal research.

As well as working within their own fields, our academics work together across the disciplines to further knowledge. This means thought-provoking subjects such as slavery can be examined from several perspectives to give students a comprehensive picture of the complex issues.

Our innovative research centres bring together researchers to focus on broad topics such as the 18th century and Medieval and Renaissance worlds. We also host the unique Parkes Institute for Jewish/non-Jewish Relations and the Parkes Library, one of the largest collections of Jewish archives in Europe.

Our cutting-edge research informs our teaching, which is regularly recognised as second-to-none in the annual National Student Survey. Throughout Humanities, our academic members of staff are friendly and approachable; always willing to help and support their students to succeed.

Postgraduate opportunities for you

Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2018), with 200 taught courses and more than 90 research courses on offer, Southampton has the world-renowned academics and facilities to help you become the best in your field.

Choosing to study at Southampton means becoming part of a vibrant, postgraduate community.

Take your place at the cutting-edge, among some of the most talented students and academics in the world.

Southampton is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire on the south coast of England.

We are situated 75 miles from London; 19 miles from Portsmouth and 12 miles from Winchester. We are only a few minutes from the New Forest National Park which is 219 square miles of beautiful parkland and forest. Much of South-west Hampshire is beautiful countryside which extends into south-east Wiltshire and towards the east of Dorset. We are also very close to Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world and the best known prehistoric monument in Europe.

Southampton has a population of approximately 220,000 and is one of the UK's most green and pleasant metropolitan areas. Southampton has its own airport and fast rail links to London and the rest of the UK. Being located on the south coast we are the home of Carnival UK and have the largest cruise ships in the world visit us on a regular basis.

Southampton is also the home of Southampton Football Club which competes in the Premier League and The Ageas Bowl, the home of Hampshire County Cricket Club.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

MA ELT/TESOL Studies

Campus Full time 1 year August 2019 United Kingdom Southampton

This programme provides a focused route for new English language professionals who wish to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the English language curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment. You will study contemporary approaches to curriculum, assessment, and pedagogy, with opportunities to follow specialist interests, such as learner autonomy and English as an international language. You will develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of English language teaching and gain the skills required to challenge current professional practice, to innovate, and to undertake a range of leadership roles in English language teaching. [+]

This programme provides a focused route for new English language professionals who wish to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the English language curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment. You will study contemporary approaches to curriculum, assessment, and pedagogy, with opportunities to follow specialist interests, such as learner autonomy and English as an international language. You will develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of English language teaching and gain the skills required to challenge current professional practice, to innovate, and to undertake a range of leadership roles in English language teaching.

Introducing your degree

This programme provides a focused route for recent graduates wishing to develop their understanding of the theory and practice of English language teaching in order to start their career as English language professionals and gain the skills required to develop their professional practice.... [-]


MA English Language Teaching

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2019 United Kingdom Southampton + 1 more

The MA English Language Teaching (ELT) is a post-experience programme which provides English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers from the UK and overseas with the opportunity to reflect on their professional experience, develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of English language teaching and gain the skills and competencies required for leadership roles in ELT. [+]

The MA English Language Teaching (ELT) is a post-experience programme which provides English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers from the UK and overseas with the opportunity to reflect on their professional experience, develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of English language teaching and gain the skills and competencies required for leadership roles in ELT.

Introducing your course

Provide people all over the world with the ability to speak and communicate fluently in English and start building the foundation towards a rewarding and exciting career with a Masters course in English Language Teaching (ELT) at the University of Southampton. This MA degree provided by the University of Southampton can give you the tools needed to teach English effectively, through current issues in language teaching methodology to the critical appraisal of language teaching.... [-]


MA English Literary Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2019 United Kingdom Southampton + 1 more

The MA in English Literary Studies will give you the opportunity to pursue literary topics and genres from a wide selection of authors and periods: from Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Eighteenth-Century fiction to Victorian print culture, Modernisms and Modernities, Literature and Law, Holocaust Literature, and postcolonial world literatures. [+]

The MA in English Literary Studies will give you the opportunity to pursue literary topics and genres from a wide selection of authors and periods: from Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Eighteenth-Century fiction to Victorian print culture, Modernisms and Modernities, Literature and Law, Holocaust Literature, and postcolonial world literatures.

The programme can be taken over one-year full time or two years part-time.

Introducing your degree

The programme will empower you to conduct advanced-level research and independent critical thinking; to make effective use of archives, manuscripts, and research libraries; and to examine how literature shapes the public understanding of diverse fields such as climate change, economics, medicine, religion, and more. Not only will you emerge with an internationally-recognized masters degree from a top Russell Group university, you will also acquire the critical thinking and writing skills that will give you the competitive edge, either as a future scholar or as a professional in careers such as writing, broadcasting, teaching, and public administration.... [-]


MA Film and Cultural Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2019 United Kingdom Southampton + 1 more

At the beginning of the 21st century, the cultural sector was playing an increasingly significant role in public policies; politically, socially and economically. The cultural industries, such as the film industry, are now a particular focus of this attention because of their potential to bridge the perceived gap between culture and commerce, that is, their capacity simultaneously to enhance cultural life and generate wealth. In this context, there is a strong awareness of the importance of professionalism in cultural management. The MA Film and Cultural Management is designed for students who wish to combine the study of film at postgraduate level with a knowledge of cultural management. This course provides a framework through which the contemporary cultural sector can be analyzed and understood; it situates the film industry in that context and at the same time provides theoretical knowledge of film and its industrial dimensions. [+]

At the beginning of the 21st century, the cultural sector was playing an increasingly significant role in public policies; politically, socially and economically. The cultural industries, such as the film industry, are now a particular focus of this attention because of their potential to bridge the perceived gap between culture and commerce, that is, their capacity simultaneously to enhance cultural life and generate wealth. In this context, there is a strong awareness of the importance of professionalism in cultural management.

The MA Film and Cultural Management is designed for students who wish to combine the study of film at postgraduate level with a knowledge of cultural management.... [-]


MA Film Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2019 United Kingdom Southampton + 1 more

Film Studies at the University of Southampton is well-established, having been running for 15 years. The MA programme is a solid and challenging degree course, one of the most distinctive features of the programme is its emphasis on the transnational and global perspectives on cinema. The programme is taught by scholars of international standing and has an outstanding record of research and publication, including topping league tables for best film department in the UK in The Guardian and for research in the national research assessment of 2009 (under European Studies). [+]

Film Studies at the University of Southampton is well-established, having been running for 15 years. The MA programme is a solid and challenging degree course, one of the most distinctive features of the programme is its emphasis on the transnational and global perspectives on cinema. The programme is taught by scholars of international standing and has an outstanding record of research and publication, including topping league tables for best film department in the UK in The Guardian and for research in the national research assessment of 2009 (under European Studies).

Introducing your course

The MA in Film Studies degree provides the opportunity for you to examine the evolution of cinema, from classical film theory to post-classical and current issues in film distribution. This masters course can provide valuable insights into the movie industry and take you on a career path that can lead to rewarding professions in the arts and media industries.... [-]


MA Philosophy

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2019 United Kingdom Southampton + 1 more

The MA in Philosophy provides a grounding for advanced work in philosophy. It is designed to cater both for those with an interest in doing an MA for its own sake and for those intending to go on to pursue a Ph.D. This programme will enable you to acquire a thorough training in research skills alongside the detailed study of the central works of philosophy. You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of options covering particular areas and particular philosophers. You can select your own pathway or adopt a pick-and-mix approach to your studies. [+]

The MA in Philosophy provides a grounding for advanced work in philosophy. It is designed to cater both for those with an interest in doing an MA for its own sake and for those intending to go on to pursue a Ph.D. This programme will enable you to acquire a thorough training in research skills alongside the detailed study of the central works of philosophy. You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of options covering particular areas and particular philosophers. You can select your own pathway or adopt a pick-and-mix approach to your studies.

Introducing your course

Philosophy at Southampton is internationally renowned for its research in areas such as Aesthetics, Normativity and the History of Philosophy. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework Philosophy at Southampton achieved the 7th highest score in the UK for its published work, so you will be joining a very high-caliber team.... [-]


MSc

MSc Archaeology

Campus Full time 1 year August 2019 United Kingdom Southampton

This programme is a pathways-based research degree, with a strong emphasis on the development of skills and specialisms in Higher Archaeological Practice, Palaeoanthropology or Bioarchaeology. You may choose to focus on one of these areas, or alternatively, you may prefer to acquire a broad range of skills across these specialisms. [+]

This programme is a pathways-based research degree, with a strong emphasis on the development of skills and specialisms in Higher Archaeological Practice, Palaeoanthropology or Bioarchaeology. You may choose to focus on one of these areas, or alternatively, you may prefer to acquire a broad range of skills across these specialisms.

You will engage with hands-on, real-world archaeological materials and situations, including opportunities to collaborate with a range of stakeholders and partners in the archaeological sector through a professional placement. By these means, you will acquire skills for vocational employment or subsequent Ph.D. research. Your programme will be embedded within Southampton Archaeology’s distinctive research culture, with world-class expertise, diverse practice, and contacts with the commercial environment and the heritage sector.... [-]


MSc Business and Heritage Management

Campus Full time 1 year August 2019 United Kingdom Southampton

The heritage industry is a major and growing contributor to the global economy, employing increased numbers of skilled heritage managers. This degree offers a tailor-made curriculum to develop the knowledge base and skills required from both the disciplines of Business and Archaeology to allow effective management of the world’s heritage. As a student on this programme, you will be guided through modules to develop your understanding of the economic and legal principals within which heritage management operates across the globe, from Museum displays to site presentations and how heritage shapes national identities. This will be matched by education in theory and practice of assessing, preserving, presenting and mitigating the impact of development on our shared heritage. Your business skills will be developed in finance, marketing, project and risk management to provide a broad base suited to working in both the public (government) and private sectors. Graduates from this programme will be suited to work in a wide range of business and management roles in the heritage, tourism and construction sectors. [+]

The heritage industry is a major and growing contributor to the global economy, employing increased numbers of skilled heritage managers. This degree offers a tailor-made curriculum to develop the knowledge base and skills required from both the disciplines of Business and Archaeology to allow effective management of the world’s heritage. As a student on this programme, you will be guided through modules to develop your understanding of the economic and legal principals within which heritage management operates across the globe, from Museum displays to site presentations and how heritage shapes national identities. This will be matched by education in theory and practice of assessing, preserving, presenting and mitigating the impact of development on our shared heritage. Your business skills will be developed in finance, marketing, project and risk management to provide a broad base suited to working in both the public (government) and private sectors. Graduates from this programme will be suited to work in a wide range of business and management roles in the heritage, tourism and construction sectors.... [-]


Master

MMus Music (performance)

Campus Full time 1 year August 2019 United Kingdom Southampton

We offer a broad-based MMus programme with three pathways: musicology, performance, and composition. All three pathways can be used as professional training for themselves, or as preparation for Ph.D. study. Students in our MMus programme benefit from intensive one-to-one instruction with world-leading experts in music history, cultural studies of music, performance studies, and analysis; internationally noted performers with active solo and ensemble careers; and prominent composers of contemporary art music, electronic music, media music (including film, television and video game music) and jazz. [+]

We offer a broad-based MMus programme with three pathways: musicology, performance, and composition. All three pathways can be used as professional training for themselves, or as preparation for Ph.D. study. Students in our MMus programme benefit from intensive one-to-one instruction with world-leading experts in music history, cultural studies of music, performance studies, and analysis; internationally noted performers with active solo and ensemble careers; and prominent composers of contemporary art music, electronic music, media music (including film, television and video game music) and jazz.

Introducing your course

Do you want to know how great film scores were composed? Are you interested in the ideas behind musical performances? Expand your knowledge of the components and aspects of music with the MMus Music (Performance, Composition, and Musicology) at the University of Southampton and enhance your musical talents. This broad MMus programme will teach you the elements of musical performance, as well as the different genres of music. Gaining this experience across a variety of categories will prepare you for a successful career in the music industry.... [-]