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).

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

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, Self and Society. 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 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 Modern Languages Research, the Warburg Institute, the Institute of Historical Research, along with access to numerous cultural and social events relating to the degree.

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 Self and Society


  • 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
  • Organised Crime: Gangsters in Life and Art
  • Medieval Poetry On and Off the Stage
  • Metamorphosis: The Limits of the Human
  • Comparative Syntax
  • 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 for the taught pathway and 18,000 words for the research pathway.

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:


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Scholarships available for this department

Jean Orr Scholarship

For prospective Master's students in the Department of History, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (studying Dutch, French or Italian). This award is based on academic merit. There is no application procedure for this scholarship; all eligible students will be automatically considered.

Siva-Finestone Master's Scholarship in French

This award is based on academic merit and is open to prospective students of the MA in Language, Culture and History (French and Francophone Studies).

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

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).

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level:

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014. 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.

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Staff View

"UCL has a great library as well as proximity to the Institute of Classical Studies and the British Library."

Professor Maria Wyke

Professor of Latin

Subject: Greek and Latin, Faculty: Arts and Humanities

Alumni View

"This MA program was both challenging and rewarding. With constant support from the department's staff, it was an inspiring environment that helped foster a deeper interest in, and understanding of, complex issues in modern Jewish history."

Hannah Iles

, 2013

Subject: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Faculty: Arts and Humanities