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Postgraduate modern languages courses

Postgraduate modern languages coursesFind out about the postgraduate opportunities available after a modern langauges degree.

What will I study?

Most modern language master's courses aren't focused on learning the language, as your undergraduate degree should have given you a thorough grounding in it already. Instead, you might study:

  • The theory and practice of translation
  • The culture surrounding a language
  • Literature in your chosen language
  • Linguistics

On a research-based course, you'll learn research skills and the advanced language skills you need to do research in another language, as well as writing a dissertation on your area of interest.

Studying abroad

If you want to continue to study and improve your fluency after you undergraduate degree, another option is to take a master's course abroad to immerse yourself in the language and culture. This wouldn't need to be directly related to the language you are interested in, as long as you met the entry requirements. Keep in mind that courses in other countries may be a different length, and funding arrangements will be different too.

Do I need a language degree?

Depending on the course, you might not need a language degree. However, you will normally need to demonstrate degree-level ability in a language. For example, if you are bilingual, you might be able to take a master's in translation.

What can I do with a language master's?

Because language-based postgraduate courses are so varied, their value for your career will depend on the exact course you do. However, any modern languages master's will help to demonstrate your ability with your chosen language. It's also an important first step if you want to pursue a career in academia.

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