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HumanitiesPostgraduate study

R900 MA Transnational Studies (1 year)

At a time when national frameworks are increasingly being called into question by globalisation, this programme analyses the historical, social, cultural and linguistic effects arising from the traffic across national boundaries. Individual modules examine historical and contemporary transnational phenomena at the intersection of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Transnationalism challenges our thinking within national frameworks yet also throws up new questions about the sites and processes of power in an interconnected human world. We examine these questions from the perspective of different case studies and examples, based on a wide range of geographical locations. The MA in Transnational Studies explores the role and impact of cross-border relations in a globally interconnected space. We examine transnationalism both as a concept and a set of practices and politics in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Introducing your course

Are you passionate about the global community? Fascinated by the movement of populaces and the impact this has had on culture, history and society? An MA in Transnational Studies at the University of Southampton unlocks interdisciplinary modes of inquiry which allow you to understand a rapidly transforming globalized world. Study modules that focus on a range of cultures and periods, from imperialism and decolonisation to the transnational movement in the age of globalisation. Through the masters course, you will not only learn how worldwide thinkers conceptualise the global traffic of people, goods, and ideas but be encouraged to locate your own research interests within global frameworks. This masters degree can lead to a variety of successful careers in politics, marketing and teaching.


The programme takes a unique interdisciplinary approach, combining insights from the Humanities and the Social Sciences. The course investigates new and historical population movements and their impact on our understanding of contemporary societies; it analyses the transnational flow of cultural texts and products; it takes into focus the role of artists and thinkers in a global cultural network, and brings to light new cultures of dissemination and consumption. It engages transnationalism as an approach that asks new questions about the role of nation and state and opens up inquiries into the creation, articulation and contestation of national identities and collective memories; it explores the role of multilingualism in transnational spaces and the ways in which beliefs about language inform social inclusion and exclusion.

Academic contact:

Dr Heidi Armbruster

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2210


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To Apply

To apply for a postgraduate course please visit the How to Apply page or click on the apply button below.

Application process and required supporting documents

  • University online application including a personal statement
  • Transcript                                         
  • 2 references
  • English language (if relevant)

If you have a question or would like further information, contact our admissions team:
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8062

Programme Structure

The course will train you to analyse cultural, historical and linguistic processes in the context of transnational processes.

Key Facts

Duration: MA - 1 year (full time), 2 years (part time);

Start date: September

Closing date: 1st September (an application decision cannot be guaranteed in time unless a complete application is received by this date - students requiring a visa to study should also allow extra time for visa processes)

Dissertation Length: 20,000 words

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements


First- or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English, modern languages, or a cognate discipline


English Language

IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University

Selection process

Academic entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English, modern languages, or a cognate discipline.

English language entry requirements:   IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process: Online application

Interview may be required on a case by case basis to assess suitability of course

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The programme comprises six taught modules, one optional module and a dissertation. A language module (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese or Russian), may also be chosen. This allows you to get a taste of a language you may have always wanted to learn or to improve your already existing language skills.

Year 2

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour). Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS FREN towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here: £0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory equipment and materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT: Software licenses All software is provided.
EquipmentIT: Hardware It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

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