Our world is international. People and ideas move around the globe and change as they go. This interdisciplinary programme explores how this process works, and studies how cultures blend and adapt across national boundaries. It is suitable for graduates from a wide range of disciplines in the arts and social sciences, and it draws on cultural, literary and linguistic studies as well as sociology, social anthropology, history and politics.

This programme is studied on campus.

The MLitt in Transnational Cultures analyses the social, cultural, linguistic and political consequences of colonialism, migration, globalisation and transnationalism, focusing primarily on the Americas and Europe and prepares you to proceed to advanced postgraduate research in migration and postcolonial studies from an Arts and Humanities perspective.

This interdisciplinary taught Masters programme is aimed at you if you have an undergraduate degree in French and Francophone Studies, Hispanic Studies, Modern Languages, English Literature, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, World Literature or related disciplines.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or January

What You'll Study

Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Migration and Postcolonial Theory in Context (30 credit points)


30 credit points from a designated list of options

Migration and Postcolonial Theory in Context (FR5012)

Optional Courses

  • Special Study by Research (30 credit points)
  • New World Narratives (30 credit points)
  • Crosscurrents: Irish and Scottish Literature (30 credit points)
  • Locations and Dislocations: The Role of Place in Literature (30 credit points)
Crosscurrents in Irish and Scottish Literature (EL50A2)
M.litt Special Study in Language and Literature 1 (EL50A9)
Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Locations and Practices of the Postcolonial (30 credit points)


30 credit points from a designated list of options

Locations and Practices of the Postcolonial (FR5519)

Optional Courses

Locations and Dislocations: the Role of Place in Literature (EL5590) - 30 Credit Points

This course examines the social, political and cultural construction of place in literary texts. The imaginative co-ordinates of places such as ‘Scotland’, or ‘England’ exist in a constant state of flux, refusing to yield an essential, authentic image. Using core texts from the early modern period paired with more recent literary responses we explore the idea of place in its various forms. Key themes and issues to be discussed will include the rural and urban divide; literature and nationhood; the nature of community; the significance of emigration, and displacement; walking texts, metropolitan literature, and ideas of the “new world”

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Diaspora and Migration in Contemporary Visual Culture (EL5595)
M.litt Special Study in Language and Literature 1 (EL55A9)
Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Dissertation: M.litt in Migration and Postcolonial Studies (EL5912)

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Lectures

Assessment Methods

By continuous assessment. The degree of MLitt shall not be awarded to a candidate who fails to achieve a CGS mark of D3 or above in the Dissertation irrespective of their performance in other courses.

Why Study Transnational Cultures?

  • Migration and Postcolonial Studies is offered by the School of Social Sciences. The School offers an exciting research led learning environment for postgraduate students at University of Aberdeen.
  • The School of Language and Literature is one of six schools in the College of Arts and Social Sciences and is internationally recognised for its research in Francophone Postcolonial Studies, Hispanic Studies and Visual Culture.
  • All of our degree schemes offer a thorough training and practice in the fundamental principles of Humanities research, a wide choice of specialised subjects and preparation for a wide variety of career opportunities.
  • The city of Aberdeen is a cosmopolitan hub of international people currently due to being Europe's energy capital with connections to the rest of the world.

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Normally a good second-class Honours degree (or its equivalent) in a subject of relevance to Migration and Postcolonial Studies (such as Anthropology, English, Film Studies, History, Media Studies, Modern Languages, Politics, Sociology), or at a level deemed equivalent.

References are not required in order for applicants to submit an application. Applicants may be asked to provide a single academic reference at the request of the academic selector.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £6,000
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
International Students £14,300
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
Home / EU / RUK Students £6,300
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £15,000
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

The James Carnegie maintenance scholarship for postgraduate students is available with this degree.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


As well as providing research training to enable you to go on to pursue an academic career, this programme will also be of interest to you if you wish to follow a career in organisations – public and private, national and international – concerned with migration issues

Our Experts

Other Experts
Dr Nadia Kiwan
Professor Edward Welch
Professor Patience Schell

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Study Ancestral and Future Migration

Migration and the history of our ancestors affects our current and future lives.

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Contact Details

School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
University of Aberdeen
King's College
AB24 3UB