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Mrs Patrizia Oliver

Email: patrizia.oliver@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7024

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

For scholarships and awards please visit www.ucl.ac.uk/selcs/masters/ma_scholarships

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Not Applicable
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Language, Culture and History MA

This flexible MA allows you to enhance your knowledge of the language of your choice (Dutch, French, German, Italian, a Scandinavian option and Spanish) while offering you the opportunity to take courses in history, literature and culture across the range of areas offered in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS).

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students will research two of the following six themes and concepts in the language of their choice: Memory, Trauma, Collective Identities, Visual Culture, Post-Colonialism, Subjectivity and the Self. The degree will also help you develop your knowledge of one or more of the languages taught in SELCS (Dutch, French, German, Italian, a Scandinavian option, and Spanish).

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

SELCS at UCL is recognised as a premier department for the study of culture, history and language.

Our central location offers students easy access to excellent resources for a range of European cultures, such as the British Library, the Institute for Romance and Germanic Studies, the Warburg Institute, the Institute of Historical Research, along with access to numerous cultural and social events relating to the degree.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of a core module (30 credits), three options chosen from a range of graduate-level modules (30 credits each) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Select two of the following:
  • Memory
  • Trauma
  • Collective Identities
  • Visual Culture
  • Post-Colonialism
  • Subjectivity and the Self


  • Options within SELCS:
  • Advanced Translation (Dutch, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Spanish)
  • Advanced Language Modules (Dutch, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Spanish)
  • Early Modern Exchanges Modules
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies Modules
  • Legacies of the Holocaust in Europe
  • Organised Crime: Gangsters in Life and Art
  • Medieval Poetry On and Off the Stage
  • Theoretical Issues in History and Literature
  • Metamorphosis: The Limits of the Human
  • Comparative Syntax
  • The Cult of Saints and European Identities
  • Witches in History, Fiction and Scholarship
  • STUFF: Materiality and Media in European Culture


All students are required to write a dissertation of 12,000 words on an approved research topic.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Teaching is concentrated in the first two terms, with the third term devoted to revision sessions, examinations and a dissertation project. Student performance is assessed by various methods, including coursework essays, a dissertation, and unseen written examinations.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper-second class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants must have a good reading knowledge of at least one European language (Dutch, French, German, Italian, a Scandinavian option or Spanish).

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Candidates must supply letters of reference from two referees. To be considered for a scholarship, applications must arrive by the deadline specified on the SELCS website, in the section 'Master's Degrees'. Candidates should note that applications to the department should be made not less than a month before the AHRC deadline of 1 May.

Who can apply?

This programme is particularly suitable for students with a first degree in a European language, European studies, history, politics or sociology who wish to strengthen their knowledge of European culture and history, either as a foundation for subsequent doctoral research or as a graduate qualification in its own right.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application, we would like to learn:

  • which MA courses you are thinking of taking and why?
  • why you want to study at UCL?
  • what attracts you to this programme?
  • how your personal, academic or professional background meets the demands of the degree?
  • how the degree will benefit you?


The degree offers a graduate qualification in its own right, as well as serving as a pathway towards doctoral research in European literature, language, history, film and other areas. Many students progress from one of our MA programmes to an MPhil or PhD research degree.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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