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  • Entry requirements
    Entry A good honours degree or equivalent.
  • Academic Title
    MA European Studies
  • Course description
     The School of Modern Languages at Bangor currently offers both taught postgraduate degrees and research-based postgraduate degrees covering a broad range of specialist and interdisciplinary areas within French, German, Hispanic and Italian studies. Recent developments have seen the introduction of an exciting range of opportunities within the field of Translation Studies and the establishment of the dynamic Centre for Galician Studies in Wales. Students benefit from expertise in the School’s two research clusters (in association with NIECI), which centre on Intermediality and Transculturalism. Each year, the School supports a range of culture specific research events such as the Modern Languages Research Forum and the School’s Postgraduate Forum. Students will also benefit from the career development support mechanisms offered by the College of Arts and Humanities.

    Bangor has a long tradition of excellent student support. There is a lively and expanding postgraduate community within the School, and students work in a close-knit and supportive environment. Depending on the chosen research area, students will be assigned one or two supervisors and are guaranteed full access to computing facilities (including translation memory software), library provision, and all School resources including the film library. There is a dedicated postgraduate study area within the School which students are encouraged to use as often as they can.


    The MA in European Studies provides students with the opportunity to specialise in specific aspects of European culture, be they historical, cinematic, literary, cultural or interdisciplinary. Having completed compulsory modules in 'Research methods' and 'Critical Theory', students choose a pan-European module and a language specific module from those on offer in any given year. These courses form the necessary preparation for the short thesis on a topic of personal interest which completes this MA qualification. Assessment is by essays, seminar papers and a dissertation.

    The School of Modern Languages offers research supervision in a variety of areas and languages and provides research opportunities in a personal and vibrant environment.

    This course is designed for those wishing to pursue research interests relating to a European context with a view to a specific career, as well as also providing the foundation for students who intend to continue their research at Bangor in the shape of a PhD qualification.
    Course Structure

    All modules are 30 credits unless otherwise stated.

    Compulsory modules (Semester 1):

        * Research Methods
        * Critical Theory

    Optional modules (Semester 2):

        * Adaptation in European Cinema
        * Self and Identity in the Modern European Novel
        * History and Reflection: Trends in European Theatre

    Optional modules (depending on chosen language specialism) (Semester 2):


        * German Romanticism: Self and Nation
        * (Non)conformity in the GDR
        * Sites of Memory in Eastern Germany
        * Writing Austria


        * Aesthetic Theory in France
        * Decadence and Symbolism
        * Visions of the City in French Cinema


        * Translating Spain
        * Twentieth-Century Spanish Women’s Writing
        * Watching Spain: Visual Representations of the 20th Century


        * Imaging Italy
        * Italian Romanticism
        * Twentieth-Century Italian Short Fiction

    Compulsory Dissertation (summer):

    Topic relevant to chosen language specialism or comparative - 20000 words (60 credits)

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