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Studying English at Southampton means choosing your own path through the rich history and flourishing contemporary life of English literature.

Our broad range of innovative modules, each designed and taught by specialist scholars, will allow you to pursue your own interests whilst guiding you towards an holistic understanding of your discipline and equipping you with the intellectual tools you will need for life beyond university.


Film Studies traces the development of film making, from its 19th century origins to the digital age.

Combining elements from traditional art forms, films shape our contemporary social and cultural identities. We believe that popular genres are as important as art cinema, and that film transcends borders. This vision is reflected in our modules, where you will encounter King Kong and the Marx Brothers' Monkey Business, Lord of the Rings and contemporary Japanese animation, silent movies and documentaries.

Modern Languages

Modern Languages and Linguistics at Southampton is ranked in the top 5 for research, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). Our undergraduate students benefit from research-led teaching delivered by experts in the field.

Our unique seven-stage language learning programme is based on your level of language proficiency rather than your year of study, enabling you to make rapid progress in your chosen language. You will have a broad range of options to choose from in your second and final year, and a year abroad in your third year.

Our BA Modern Languages allows you to study 3 modern foreign languages, one from scratch.

Most of our BA programmes can also be taken as MLang Integrated Masters degrees, allowing you to explore your chosen language(s) in greater depth, and gain a postgraduate qualification at the end of your 4 years.


Study an extremely flexible degree programme, with a huge breadth of historical topics not commonly taught in British universities.

Study a vast range of histories, over time, across the globe and using different approaches in our BA History. The group project gives you a chance to conduct research as part of a team and present to the public, and your dissertation will focus on a specific area of history that interests you.

Linguistics and Languages

Linguistics explores the many different facets of language, from the physical properties of the sound waves in speech, to the social context of conversations.

Our BA English Language and Linguistics explores the structure of English, how it varies across speakers, how it develops and how it is used by speakers and users around the world, and is taught by leading academics in the fields of English Language, Linguistics, Global Englishes and language acquisition. Linguistics options are also available as joint honours courses with one or two modern foreign languages.

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Modern languages at Southampton is consistently ranked in the top five in the UK by the Guardian University Guide.

For full details, see our website.

In our BA Spanish, you will experience the rich diversity of Spanish cultures, develop your language skills and increase your understanding of the cultures, languages and history of Spain and Latin America. You will spend your year abroad in the Spanish-speaking country. 

BA Spanish and Portuguese

BA Politics and Spanish/Portuguese and Latin American Studies

BSc Management Sciences and Spanish

Integrated Masters in Languages (MLang)

The MLang leads to a full masters award and offers you the same choice and flexibility as the BA programmes, including a full year abroad. It also has the same funding options:

Spanish and Latin American Studies
Spanish Linguistic Studies
Spanish and Portuguese
The Spanish-speaking World
French and Portuguese
French and Spanish
French and Spanish Linguistic Studies
German and Spanish
German and Spanish Linguistic Studies


Our highly skilled and committed language teachers promote rapid and effective language learning and you will receive stimulating and engaging teaching in the areas of linguistics, history, culture and society.

Our flexible BA German course enables you to specialise in a particular field or spread your interests. During your year abroad, you will choose between being a language assistant in a school, studying at an Erasmus partner university such as Hamburg, Frankfurt, Vienna or Potsdam, or working in an approved job.

Combined honours programmes

BA German and History

BA German and Music

BA German and Philosophy

BA German and Spanish

BSc Management Sciences and German

BA Politics and German

Our Integrated Masters in Languages (MLang) leads to a full masters award and offers you the same choice and flexibility as the BA programmes, including a full year abroad. It also has the same funding options.


German and Spanish

German and Spanish Linguistic Studies

French and German

French and German Linguistic Studies 


Our courses are taught by world-class academics with an exceptional breadth of interests.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, we ranked 4th in the UK for the proportion of publications which were world-leading or internationally excellent.

This means that whether you want to know more about Nietzsche, or to engage with Ethics, the Philosophy of Maths, or Aesthetics, you'll be able choose from a wide range of options and enjoy high quality teaching which draws upon our cutting-edge research.

Humanities at Southampton

Avenue Campus is home to most subjects in Humanities. Very close to Southampton Common, we are just a few minutes' walk from Highfield Campus.

Most Music programmes are held in Building 2 on Highfield Campus.

Our degrees are some of the most highly regarded humanities courses in the country, offering a firm foundation for a successful career in a multitude of industries.

At Humanities we are fascinated by people and their activities and achievements over the centuries, from prehistory to the modern day. We are known for our ground-breaking and internationally significant education and research across our disciplines, most of which are ranked in the top ten in the UK.

University of Southampton proves its world-leading research status

The University of Southampton has reaffirmed its position as one of the leading research universities, following publication of the latest national assessment of research (Thursday 18 December), with some key successes for Humanities. Highlights from the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 for the Faculty include:

• Music is ranked as the best in the country on the basis of the volume and quality of its research.
• History and Modern Languages are ranked in the top five nationally (the latter’s submission included research contributed by Film).

Elsewhere, Archaeology (submitted in the same Unit of Assessment as Geography) had 73 per cent of its published research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, placing it in the top ten of all archaeology departments in the UK.

In English, 76 per cent of its research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent (and the submission included research contributed by Film), while Philosophy was ranked in the top 10 of all philosophy departments in the UK for its research outputs.

Film Studies - taught courses

Perhaps more than any other discipline, Film demands theoretical awareness, critical skills and historical knowledge drawn from a wide range of fields in order to study what is arguably the dominant cultural form, and one that now spans three centuries.

MA Film Studies
This programme offers students a high level of understanding of film studies as well as being the ideal preparation for doctoral research. It covers an in depth discussion of the most influential theories and methodologies in the field and provides an introduction to the latest debates and concerns, including issues arising from cinema’s textual properties and questions regarding the medium’s wider social impact.

MA Film and Cultural Management
This programme provides a framework through which the contemporary cultural sector can be understood and analysed, focusing on how cultural management affects the visual media. Areas covered may include film festival organisation, specialist film programming, film policy, film exhibition, marketing and audience development, and the role of private and public film agencies.

English - taught courses

We offer a broad and imaginative programme with an interdisciplinary emphasis, drawing on the most recent developments in literary studies.

MA Jane Austen
‚ÄčOur new MA in Jane Austen is an interdisciplinary programme for the study of Jane Austen’s culture, work, reception, and the implications of her continuing and increasing popularity in the modern day.

MA Creative Writing
Our lively programme focuses on the craft of fiction, scriptwriting, poetry and writing for children through weekly writing workshops and literature seminars which engage in a close study of contemporary writing.

MA English Literary Studies
The programme comprises a wide range of topics and approaches, enabling students to practise textual, cultural and theoretical modes of analysis important to advanced research in English and the humanities. Choose from the following pathways - Eighteenth Century, Nineteeth Century, Twentieth Century and Contemporary, or Postcolonial and World Literature. 

MA Medieval and Renaissance Culture
This interdisciplinary MA will equip you to carry out independent research while exploring broad themes and questions in medieval and renaissance culture. You will be taught by specialist staff from disciplines including music, literature, history and archaeology.

History - taught courses

Postgraduate students at Southampton benefit from our lively research culture, which incorporates a series of major international conferences and a range of distinct seminar programmes.

Our MA History allows you to deepen your knowledge across the breadth of history or in a specific period, guided by academics whose research interests range from the ancient world to contemporary global history, from East to West, across topics as diverse as the buildings of the Roman Empire, the clothing of the Tudor and Stuart courts and natural disasters in modern China. We also offer the MA Jewish History and Culture, delivered by the Parkes Institute, a leading centre of Jewish/non-Jewish relations.

Modern Languages - taught courses

Modern Languages and Linguistics has a thriving research community and is home to several internationally renowned research centres covering French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies, and linguistics with particular focus on literature, culture, society, politics, history, anthropology and transnational studies.

We offer two Masters degrees in Applied Linguistics, one focused on Language Teaching and the other Research Methodology.

Our MA English Language Teaching can be studied for one year on campus, or over two and a half years as an online distance-learning programme.

The MA ELT/TESOL Studies provides a focused route for recent graduates wishing to develop their understanding of the theory and practice of English language teaching in order to start their career as English language professionals. We also offer the MA Global Englishes and the MA Transnational Studies.

Philosophy - taught courses

Philosophers at Southampton explore fundamental concepts and profound questions, while developing the analytical and problem solving skills that will be invaluable for your future career.

MA Philosophy
Combining a thorough grounding in philosophy at postgraduate level with an exceptional range of options, the MA Philosophy offers a unique opportunity for advanced work in the subject. Whether you are simply intending to build on your undergraduate studies or planning to pursue advanced research, this programme has been designed to meet your needs. The range of specialised modules reflects the broad spectrum of research interests represented by our philosophers. Following core modules devoted to central philosophical issues, you can choose from the wide range of specialised modules listed below, as well as write a dissertation on a topic of your choosing.

English - research

English at Southampton offers great opportunities for postgraduate research. We can offer expertise in all literary periods from the medieval to the present day.

Good supervision is the heart of our commitment to providing excellent doctoral research programmes. In English at Southampton, you'll have a supervisory team tailored to your research project's specific needs, drawn from our large and diverse body of research active staff, who are at the forefront of developments in their fields.

Interdisciplinary study is a special strength of Humanities, and English staff and students are active in a number of research centres and cross-disciplinary and collaborative projects; we particularly welcome applications in these areas. We also offer a PhD in Creative Writing; you would be expected to submit a substantial creative work plus an extended essay reflecting on the work, the process of composition, its aims, and context.

Film Studies - research

Our MPhil / PhD programmes offer a flexible range of study options, including part-time and distance learning, as well as an exciting integrated degree (iPhD) that presents a new way to progress from Masters to Doctoral work.

Our MPhil/PhD students benefit from contact with an energetic and dedicated group of specialists with a broad range of interests, as well as excellent research resources. We welcome enquiries on any topic in film and television.

We offer a number of different research degrees: MPhil; IPhD and PhD.

History - research

We offer a wide menu of stimulating and innovative programmes across diverse chronological and geographical fields of research.

We provide training in research and related skills, offer regular and frequent meetings with supervisors and advisers, and aim to integrate our students fully into the life of the department. Our students are strongly encouraged to participate in our research seminars, at which both eminent visiting speakers and our own staff and research students contribute to lively and informative discussions.

Modern Languages - research

If you are thinking about doing research in modern languages you will find us an excellent choice. Our research is of superb quality, and we can offer supervision in a number of areas not usually found in UK universities.

Our reputation attracts the very best academic talent in their chosen field, meaning that our postgraduate supervisors are highly experienced and are engaged in the most innovative research. Humanities at Southampton is a multi-disciplinary grouping of Archaeology, English, Film, History, Modern Languages, Music and Philosophy.

Together these present our postgraduate students with a wealth of possibilities for interdisciplinary study and research especially in conceptual, cultural, linguistics and literary approaches, and in the study of society in the past and present.

Philosophy - research

Our staff have a wide range of interests, with special foci on aesthetics, modern German philosophy, Wittgenstein, and philosophy of mind, language and action.

We have a long-established international reputation for our work in the History of Philosophy, especially 19th century German philosophy; in analytic aesthetics; and in the thought of Wittgenstein. More recently, we have developed a very strong profile for our work in epistemology, ethics, metaphysics and the philosophies of mind and language.

Philosophy has a large and vibrant postgraduate community, with over 20 students currently registered. We have a successful record in attracting postgraduate funding, and students may also apply to the postgraduate research coordinator for sums to fund research training and conference attendance. 

Ancient History

Explore ancient worlds from ancient Egypt to the rise of Islam in the Middle East; from the shores of Roman Britain to the pre-Colombian Americas.

Ancient History at Southampton allows you to take an interdisciplinary approach to ancient worlds, drawing on experts in history, archaeology, film, literature and philosophy. Learn Latin or Ancient Greek; look at how the ancient world is reimagined through the ages; dive down to the sea bed, or study ancient ideas about the heavens.