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

History (Research)(MA, PhD) History (Research)(MA, PhD)
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 4,052 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 12,890 per year
  • 12 months

The School of History is a lively, research-led department where postgraduate students are given the opportunity to work alongside academics recognised as experts in their respective fields. The School was placed second nationally for ‘world-class’ research in themost recent Research Assessment Exercise, and consistently scores highly in the National Student Survey.

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English Language Teaching English Language Teaching
  • Jan 2016
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 7,500 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 7,500 per year
  • 30 months

Teachers from all over the world can take this part-time (two and half years duration), five semester Masters degree programme, which is studied entirely online. Developed and delivered collaboratively by the University of Southampton and the British Council, it offers postgraduate level study in key areas of current theory and practice in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching.

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Linguistics, MRes Linguistics, MRes
  • Oct 2015
  • EEA € 4,766 per year
  • Non-EEA € 15,560 per year
  • 12 months

You will be trained in the most current theories and methods in linguistics and in the practical research skills necessary to continue your studies at doctorate level. You will have the opportunity to select a broad area of linguistic theory in which you wish to develop expertise, and we will guide you through the most relevant literature towards independent study on a topic for your dissertation.

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Modern History Modern History
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 5,250 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 12,890 per year
  • 12 months

The MA in Modern History focuses on the period c1500-2000, and draws on the considerable range of expertise within the School to offer a broad selection of modules, allowing you to tailor your programme to your interests.

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Dickens and Victorian Culture Dickens and Victorian Culture
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 5,250 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 12,890 per year
  • 12 months

As the only named Master’s programme within the UK devoted to Charles Dickens, this programme studies the author in a place that perhaps offers more Dickensian associations than anywhere else in the world.

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History History
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 4,700 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 10,800 per year
  • 12 months

MA History concentrates on different geographical scales of history, including local and global perspectives.

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Modern Literary Cultures Modern Literary Cultures
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 5,750 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 12,000 per year
  • 12 months

This programme is intended to look at the representation of particular cultural issues across a range of texts. You will be asked to consider the representation of a particular topic or concept in a range of texts across time and to ask how these representations respond to each other and to the changing political and social circumstances for the text.

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Philosophy Philosophy
  • Oct 2015
  • EEA £ 6,500 per year
  • International £ 15,160 per year
  • 12 months

The MA in Philosophy provides a grounding for advanced work in philosophy. It is designed to cater both for those with an interest in doing an MA for its own sake and for those intending to go on to pursue a PhD.

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Biblical Studies 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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Creative Writing (Distance Learning) Creative Writing (Distance Learning)
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 3,500 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 3,500 per year
  • 12 months

Our MA Creative Writing (Distance Learning) is an exciting, supportive and no-residency online course that offers you the opportunity to develop your writing practice at the times that work for you, wherever you are in the world.

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Comparative Literature (Paris) 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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Theology and Leadership Theology and Leadership
  • May 2016
  • Jun 2016
  • International $ 1,222 per module
  • National $ 1,222 per module
  • 29 months

Learning how to combine effective leadership with the core principles of Christian theology is vital to personal, career and organisational growth in many church, faith-based and non-profit environments around the globe.

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