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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Taught Degrees

The School offers a diverse range of taught MA degrees, which are available on a full-time or part-time basis.

  • MA in Arabic-English Translation and Interpreting. As of the 2017-18 academic year, the MA in Arabic-English Translation and Interpreting will no longer run as a stand alone programme. Students interested in studying Arab-English translation at Durham are encouraged to apply to the MA in Translation Studies which will incorporate key elements of the AETI course. Precise details of the revised MATS offering will be published in the coming months.
  • MA in Translation Studies. An MA offering both intensive practical training and in-depth engagement with translataion theory. The programme allows you to study both theoretical and practical pathways, and includes translation practice and professional accreditation. The MA is a member of the European Masters in Translation Network.
  • MA in Visual Arts and Culture. A distinctive interdisciplinary programme that invites students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the visual arts and of visual culture. To study visual arts and culture is a way of paying attention to phenomena that are literally everywhere. The concept of ‘visual culture’ acknowledges the pervasive nature of visual phenomena, and signals openness towards both the breadth of objects and images, and the range of theoretical and methodological perspectives needed to understand them adequately. Drawing upon research strengths across the departments that contribute to the programme, the MA in Visual Arts and Culture encourages students to take a broad view of geographical and chronological scope, while allowing you to engage with a wide range of visual phenomena, including fine art, film, photography, architecture, and scientific and medical imaging practices.
  • The MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is associated with Durham's Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS), which brings together students and staff from arts, humanities, social science and science departments across the University. IMEMS has more than fifty staff members, all active researchers, and is one of the largest gatherings of scholars in this area in the world. It is a vibrant research community which holds regular seminars and workshops, and which includes a large and extremely active postgraduate community, the Medieval and Early Modern Student Association, whose members organise regular seminars and conferences. This programme is designed to prepare students for doctoral research in the study of the medieval and early modern past by offering outstanding interdisciplinary training to equip students with the skills they need for their future careers. It is taught by specialists who are members of IMEMS and allows students the opportunity to study interdisciplinary topics across a wide array of areas. For several years, the MEMS MA was coordinated by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. Currently, administrative responsibility for the programme lies with the Department of History. For more information about the programme and about how to apply, please click on the following link: