Cultural Identity Studies (MLitt) 2017 entry
The MLitt in Cultural Identity Studies offers students the opportunity to gain a theoretical grasp of different dimensions of cultural identity and to explore the ways such dimensions are represented in one or more of the cultural traditions of the Arabic- and Persian-speaking world, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Latin America and Russia.
Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)
One year full time
A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
One language taught at the School of Modern Languages (Arabic, French, Italian, German, Persian, Russian, Spanish) to Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Level 7, Common European Framework Level B1, or equivalent.
English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £7,500
- sample of academic written work (2,000 words)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- English language requirements certificate.
- letter of intent (optional).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
If you started this programme in 2016, you can find information about 2016 entry on the 2016 Cultural Identity Studies MLitt page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in our archive.
The MLitt in Cultural Identity Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Cultural Identity Studies Institute (CISI), part of the School of Modern Languages. The programme explores the contemporary problem of collective identities as modelled by and expressed in national culture.
- The programme draws on the literary and linguistic expertise of the School of Modern Languages as well as on perspectives of related academic disciplines of critical theory.
- Students may choose to specialise in Arabic, French, Italian, German, Spanish or Russian.
- Students receive training in traditional and new research techniques and have the opportunity to broaden their language portfolios.
The taught portion of the course consists of four compulsory modules and a range of optional modules held over two semesters. Classes are delivered through a mixture of lectures (with around 20 students) and seminars (which vary from individual one-to-one teaching up to ten students). Modules are assessed through coursework; there are no final exams for this programme.
You will spend the summer months focusing on researching and writing a final dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.
Each module typically comprises:
- 1.5 to 2-hour weekly seminars and lectures
- 100% coursework assessment.
For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2016–2017 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2017 entry.
- Literary and Cultural Theory 1: explores a range of literary and cultural theories through which texts of all sorts may be conceptualised, criticised and analysed.
- Problems of Culture and Identity 1: aims to introduce major aspects and dimensions of the question of cultural identity.
- Problems of Culture and Identity 2: aims to explore further major aspects and dimensions of cultural identity.
- Research and Professional Skills: introduces students to a range of skills which are essential to advanced researchers and key to many other non-academic workplaces.
This is a sample of the optional modules available for Cultural Identity Studies. Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
- Literary and Cultural Theory 1
- Literary and Cultural Theory 2
- Middle Eastern Literary Cultural Contexts
- Specialised Research in Middle Eastern Literatures and Cultures, French Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Russian Studies or Spanish and Latin American Studies
- Apples and Oranges: Issues in Comparative Literature
- The Contemporary Canon: Why Books Sell
- French Literary Revolutions
- German Literary and Cultural Contexts
- Italian Literary and Cultural Contexts
- Research and Professional Skills
- Problems of Culture and Identity 1
- Problems of Culture and Identity 2
- Europe and America: Dialogues and Identity Formation in Text, Film and Theory
- Generations in Russian Literature and Culture
- Patterns in Hispanic Literature and Film
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2016–2017 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2017 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on an agreed topic and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of a MLitt.
Conferences and events
The Cultural Identity Studies Institute (CISI) is a centre for the study of collective identities represented, expressed and modelled in the national cultures of the countries of continental Europe. It provides a forum for high-level research into cultural identity along with international conferences.
The School of Modern Languages hosts an annual seminar programme which promotes integration across the language departments. In addition, the School hosts a number of conferences and events, including guest speakers and workshops for the discussion of ideas and issues in a thought-provoking but relaxed and supportive environment.
Santander Universities scholarships
The School of Modern Languages is offering two £5,000 scholarships, awarded on the basis academic merit and financial need, to those applying for an MLitt programme in Modern Languages.
After the MLitt
In addition to the MLitt, the School offers a two-year residential Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree option in Cultural Identity Studies.
Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews.
Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for students who have graduated during the last three years and are now starting a postgraduate programme.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council offers scholarships which cover fees and stipend at RCUK rates for students applying for research degrees in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.
The MLitt in Cultural Identity Studies prepares students to take on a variety of roles in careers such as:
- social and educational administration
- parliamentary research within a Scottish, UK and international framework.
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.
As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).
The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).