Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme allows you to explore the cultures of the variety of language'speaking areas in which we specialise ' French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and Spanish and Latin American Studies ' and it also gives you a thorough grounding in comparative literature and cultural studies in the context of modern languages. You can choose whether you want your focus to be broadly comparative or whether you wish to engage with one or more specific language'speaking areas.

The programme brings together the specialisms of our teaching team who are experts in a variety of different areas: cultural studies, visual studies, linguistics, comparative literature and cultures, history and thought. We will help you steer a pathway through the programme that reflects your specific interests and knowledge of the languages of those areas on which we focus. You will be able to choose whether you study texts in the original language(s) or in English translation; if you work in the original language(s) this will be reflected in the final degree title (e.g. MRes French and Spanish).


' Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016'17 World University Subject Rankings.

' In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world'leading or internationally excellent.

' You will have access to outstanding specialist libraries, including the collection of the Institute of Modern Languages Research at Senate House.

' The departments involved in teaching this programme run a series of research events for both their taught and research postgraduates.

' Students applying for this programme are eligible to apply for School of Arts taught postgraduate funding and may be eligible to apply for our Aaron Sims Scholarship.

Course Modules

For information about course structure and the moules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Master of Research - MRes £8,175 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Research - MRes £14,850 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
Master of Research - MRes £4,075 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
Master of Research - MRes £7,425 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Good first degree or equivalent in a humanities subject.