Masters in Humanities

The field of humanities encompasses academic disciplines that study human condition and the essence of what it means to be human in a fast changing world. Humanities are similar to liberal arts in many ways and the two terms are sometimes interchangeable. Many study programmes offered by humanities departments can also be listed as social sciences, because they deal with the study of human behaviour and society.
Academic programmes in humanities cover a broad, interdisciplinary study of society and culture throughout history. Practitioners use methods that are primarily analytic, critical, or speculative to study subjects belonging to languages, literature, law, history, philosophy, religion, visual and performing arts, and others. Music studies also fit the field of humanities, as music is used to broaden capabilities of non-musicians by teaching skills such as concentration and listening.
Studies in humanities help students develop a broad understanding of cultural expression and improve their analytical and communication skills. Students can improve their understanding of society through satisfying their intellectual curiosity in subjects such as philosophy, art, history and literature with an emphasis on multiculturalism.

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Suggested Master's Programmes

Modern European Philosophy M.A. Modern European Philosophy
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 4,800 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 12,500 per year
  • 12 months

The Modern European Philosophy MA is widely recognised as one of the most significant and innovative courses in its field, and is now one of the most successful philosophy masters programmes in the country. The MA is based on a focused study of the fundamental texts of the modern European philosophical tradition. It provides an ideal preparation for doctoral research in philosophy or related fields in the humanities and social sciences. It also prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in education, the arts, politics and public policy.

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International Conflict M.Sc. International Conflict
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 5,300 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 12,500 per year
  • 12 months

This course will provide you with a substantial grounding in the theory and history of international conflict and of intra- and inter-state disputes in the contemporary international system. It explores the multidisciplinary theoretical roots of international conflict, drawing on contributions from subjects such as international relations, politics, economics, sociology and history.

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Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching M.A. Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 4,800 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 13,000 per year
  • 12 months

The Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching MA is a programme which explores the practical applications of applied linguistics and is aimed at postgraduate students with or without language teaching experience. It is suitable for both native speakers and non-native speakers of English who want to develop their careers in language teaching, consultancy or research.

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European Master in Lexicography (EMLex) M.A. European Master in Lexicography (EMLex)
  • Sep 2016
  • Oct 2016
  • Not specified
  • 24 months

Since winter term 2009/10, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nrnberg offers the course European Master in Lexicography (EMLex), which is an international Master's degree programme (120 ECTS) that includes a joint summer semester abroad for all students in cooperation with partner universities like: Kroli Gspr Reformtus Egyetem Budapest, Uniwersytet Slaski w Katowicach (Kattowitz), Universit de Lorraine and associated partners like Universitt Hildesheim, Institut fr Deutsche Sprache Mannheim, University of Texas at Austin.

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Philosophy M.A. Philosophy
  • Feb 2017
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 1,984 per year
  • Non-EEA € 9,232 per year
  • 24 months

The research Masters in Philosophy prepares students to analyse complex issues logically and conceptually and teaches them the ability to document their conclusions in clear and persuasive language. The programme offers research seminars in the history of philosophy, continental philosophy and analytic philosophy. Whats more, there is a broad range of specialisations in Philosophical Anthropology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of mind, Philosophy of language and Logic, Philosophical Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy or the History of Philosophy.

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Biblical Studies M.Sc. Biblical Studies
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 8,100 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 16,500 per year
  • 12 months

This programme is intended for students who wish to develop their expertise in biblical studies, including those who wish to prepare for subsequent PhD work. The emphasis lies on adding depth and breadth to expertise in biblical languages.

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Comparative Literature (Paris) M.A. Comparative Literature (Paris)
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 7,250 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 12,900 per year
  • 12 months

This Comparative Literature MA is based in both Canterbury and Paris to offer the postgraduate study of literature beyond national and linguistic borders, enabling you to spend one term in each location.

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Applied Linguistics and TESOL M.A. Applied Linguistics and TESOL
  • Mar 2016
  • Sep 2016
  • Not specified
  • 30 months

Whether you are just breaking into the TESOL field or have already been in the profession for some time, a great way to increase your knowledge and expand your career opportunities is by pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. This programme allows you to expand your knowledge of current theoretical and practical aspects of language teaching. You have the opportunity to exchange ideas with other experienced language teaching professionals from many different contexts.

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Creative Writing (Paris) M.A. Creative Writing (Paris)
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 7,250 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 12,900 per year
  • 12 months

This is an innovative and interdisciplinary MA programme, combining taught modules and a dissertation, which allows you to share your year between Canterbury and Paris.

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Theology M.A. Theology
  • Feb 2017
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 1,984 per year
  • Non-EEA € 1,984 per year
  • 36 months

The Masters programme in Theology provides meaning to fundamental questions and ideas that feature in science, culture and faith. The central focus in the three-year Master's programme in Theology is on the tension between universal truth claims within belief systems and the diverse cultural contexts in which they are expressed. Students can specialise in one of four disciplines of theology, namely: General Theology, History of Church and Theology, Biblical Exegesis, Practical Theology or Systematic Theology.

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English Literature: Modern and Contemporary Fictions M.A. English Literature: Modern and Contemporary Fictions
  • Jan 2017
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 5,000 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 11,500 per year
  • 12 months

This course gives you the chance to study English literature in a modern university environment, while taking advantage of the wealth of resources offered by Londons rich cultural life. You will examine literary texts in the wider context of cultural production and relate them to the social, historical and political circumstances from which they emerge.

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Historical, Literary & Cultural Studies M.A. Historical, Literary & Cultural Studies
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 1,951 per year
  • Non-EEA € 9,685 per year
  • 24 months

Whether you are interested in the ancient world, political history or religious history; the Research Masters programme in Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies offers something for each and everyone. There are three Masters specialisations: Historical Studies, Literary Studies or Art and Visual Culture. Each programme has their own focus. Historical Studies focuses mainly on the visual and material culture from the Antiquity. Literary studies focuses on classical and modern languages like German, Spanish, French and English. Art and Visual culture focuses on visual and material culture from Antiquity to the present.

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