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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Professional Language and Intercultural Studies (Part-Time)

Programme code:MA-PL&IS-PTUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Dr Haynes Collins Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Programme specification:

This programme offers a unique combination of intercultural (or cross-cultural) studies with the study of modern languages, including English. It aims to help students develop a broad understanding of the nature of contemporary relations between different cultural groups and hence the cultural sensitivity, together with the high-level communicative skills, needed for use in international professional settings or in further study of the field.

Intercultural Studies modules comprise ‘Skills and Issues in Intercultural Studies' which focuses on improving understanding of the processes and contexts of interaction between different peoples, and ‘English in International Communication' which examines the nature of language and of English in particular, as both native tongue and lingua franca. Students also undertake a project/dissertation on a topic related to Intercultural Studies.

Professional Language modules comprise ‘Methods and Approaches in Translation Studies’ and practical modules in specialised translation in a wide variety of language pairs (subject to passing level test/availability), and/or English for professional purposes modules (public speaking and document drafting).

Optional Centre for Translation Studies/MAPLIS modules include ‘Managing Business across Cultures’, ‘Introduction to Interpreting Skills’, ‘Introduction to Screen Translation’, ‘English for Translators’, and others. A wide variety of optional modules are also available in applied linguistics and in the history, culture and/or politics of the world’s regions, nations and ethnic groups. There is also a wide variety of foreign language modules at all levels to choose from.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

MODL5012MSkills and Issues in Intercultural Studies30 creditsSemester 1
MODL5033MEnglish in International Communication30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Professional Language Options

Candidates must select 30 credits from the following modules:

MODL5001MMethods and Approaches in Translation Studies30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL5014MRhetoric and Public Speaking15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2

NB. MODL5001M should only be taken if student intends to take Specialised Translation modules in Year 2 of programme and has passed the entry test to do so.

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students are advised to split their optional module credits evenly across the two semesters of Year 2.

Optional modules:


Candidates must choose one of the following modules:

MODL5300MResearch Methods and Project for MAPLIS30 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
MODL5305MResearch Methods and Dissertation for MAPLIS60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Professional Language Options

Candidates may select between 0 and 30 credits from the following modules. You may not select a module in this group that you have already selected for the professional language options in Year 1 of the programme.

MODL5014MRhetoric and Public Speaking15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5019MAn Introduction to Legal Translation15 creditsNot running in 201920
MODL5030MLiterary Translation15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5113MSpecialised French-English Translation A15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5114MSpecialised German-English Translation A15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5115MSpecialised Italian-English Translation A15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5117MSpecialised Portuguese-English Translation A15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5118MSpecialised Russian-English Translation A15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5119MSpecialised Spanish-English Translation A15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5120MSpecialised English-Arabic Translation A15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5123MSpecialised French-English Translation B15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5124MSpecialised German-English Translation B15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5125MSpecialised Italian-English Translation B15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5127MSpecialised Portuguese-English Translation B15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5128MSpecialised Russian-English Translation B15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5129MSpecialised Spanish-English Translation B15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5130MSpecialised English-Arabic Translation B15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5211MSpecialised Arabic-English Translation15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5212MSpecialised English-Chinese Translation A15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5221MSpecialised Arabic-English Translation B15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5222MSpecialised English-Chinese Translation B15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5306MSpecialised English-Japanese Translation A15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5312MSpecialised Chinese-English Translation A15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5316MSpecialised Japanese-English Translation A15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5322MSpecialised Chinese-English Translation B15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5326MSpecialised Japanese-English Translation B15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5336MSpecialised English-Japanese Translation B15 creditsSemester 2

- Students choosing modules in Specialised Translation (subject to availability/ level test) are strongly encouraged to take MODL5001M Methods and Approaches in Translation Studies in Year 1 of the programme.
- Not all modules will be available every year.

Further Options

Candidates must select between 0 and 60 credits from the following optional modules to bring their credit total for the year to 90. You may not select a module in this group that you have already selected for the professional language options above.

EAST5035MDevelopment Issues in South East Asia15 credits 
EAST5041MPolitical Economy of the Pacific Rim15 creditsNot running in 201920
EDUC5039MCreative Inquiry, Communication and Learning30 creditsSemester 2
ENGL5105MCaribbean and Black British Writing30 creditsSemester 2
ENGL5742MPostcolonial Cultures of Encounter and Settlement30 creditsNot running in 201920
GEOG5110MResearch Frontier: Citizenship and Belonging15 credits 
HIST5839MBlack Internationalism30 creditsNot running in 201920
LING5241MPragmatics30 creditsSemester 2
LING5290MSecond Language Acquisition30 creditsSemester 2
LING5440MApproaches to Linguistics and Language Acquisition30 creditsSemester 1
LING5450MMethodology in Language Teaching15 creditsSemester 2
LING5460MLanguage Teaching in Practice15 creditsSemester 2
LUBS5360MGender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective30 creditsSemester 1
LUBS5365MDiversity Management30 creditsSemester 2
LUBS5909MChina and India in the Global Context15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5006MIntroduction to Screen Translation15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5009MEnglish for Translators15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5014MRhetoric and Public Speaking15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5017MIntroduction to Interpreting Skills15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5028MInternational Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5030MLiterary Translation15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2
PIED5210MAfrica in the Contemporary World30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5213MConflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5225MDemocracy and Development30 creditsNot running in 201920
PIED5255MGender, Globalisation and Development30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5256MGlobal Inequalities and Development30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PIED5275MPolitical Economy of Resources and Development30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5383MThe EU and the Developing World30 creditsNot running in 201920
PIED5410MContemporary Politics of the Middle East30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5450MPolitical Transitions in South East Asia30 creditsNot running in 201920
PIED5501MThe Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5510MInsurgency15 credits 
PIED5523MInternational Political Economy30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5524MInternational Politics and The Environment15 creditsNot running in 201920
PIED5561MTerrorism15 credits 
THEO5100MContemporary Issues in Religion and Gender30 credits 

- Please check carefully the prerequisites and other restriction, including timetable, of any module you choose from the optional modules list. Please also consider carefully whether you will have the appropriate level of background knowledge/prior training to take modules from other faculties.
- Optional modules taken from other MA programmes are made available to MAPLIS students where places remain available after students enrolled on those other programmes have made their choices of options.
- Other relevant options at M level or final year undergraduate level may also be allowed at the discretion of the Programme Managers. There are also numerous special skills elective modules in modern foreign languages at a variety of levels taught by the Language Centre that students may select from (search for the FLTU module code on the module catalogue.
- Not all modules will be available every year.

Last updated: 29/04/2019


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