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The MA Programme Crossways in Cultural Narratives

 

This Masters offers an exciting opportunity to obtain a prestigious, European Union-supported qualification with study in three European countries or in two European locations and one overseas.


The Masters has been designed by integrating the modules of a number of existing Masters programmes at the Nova School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sheffield, Bergamo, Perpignan, Poznan, St Andrews, Santiago de Compostela, Guelph, Entre Rios and Iberoamericana.

At the end of the degree, you will have a Master's certificate from each of the three universities at which you've studied.

 

Overview

The programme offers a two-year full-time programme of postgraduate study in cultural and literary studies with a very wide range of possible pathways.

You will follow a mobile study itinerary over two years. Study will take place in three European or North- or South-American universities chosen (with certain restrictions) from the ten that make up the Crossways Consortium.

Aims of the programme:

  • To prepare students for independent research at advanced postgraduate level;
  • To offer students a programme that is qualitatively different from BA-level study by maximising opportunities for self-study and reflective practice;
  • To focus on transferable research and learning skills such as critical thinking and reading, information retrieval and data presentation, oral delivery and written expression;
  • To offer students the opportunity to study in several countries in order to develop multilingual communicative abilities and experience postgraduate study in multiple European and/or overseas contexts.


Structure

Semesters Two and Three will be spent at the same university (your 'Home University'). Your First and Fourth Semesters are spent at two other universities. (NB. It is not possible to study at both Sheffield and St Andrews; and nor can you study at Sheffield and Guelph, or at St Andrews and Guelph, within a single academic year).

In Semester Two, you EITHER (a) write a 'Short Dissertation' (or Pre-Dissertation) of approx. 10,000 words, OR (b) you write a shorter "Dissertation Report" of ca. 6,000 words AND undertake a short internship with an appropriate cultural organisation (of which you produce a written account). In Semester Four, you will write your main and final Masters dissertation (approx. 20,000 words) on an agreed topic.

The wide choice of modules on offer enables you to pursue an individual study plan adapted to your professional and academic training. The main language of study at the universities is the national language (with the exception of Poznan), though some courses may also be offered in other languages.

 

How to apply

You must possess or expect to possess the equivalent of a 1st-Class or 2:1 B.A. degree in the same subject or related subjects to those you wish to study during the programme (French, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese).

You must be fluent in the languages of at least two of the countries in which you wish to study.

You can find out more about entry requirements on the main Mundus Crossways Masters website, in the 'Admissions Criteria' section. You apply through that website and not through Nova School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

More information about application procedures as well as about programme structure, organisation, workloads and assessments is available from the main Mundus Crossways Masters website:

Apply through the main Mundus Crossways website

 

Lisbon Courses

Modules description

Please note that you will find in the next paragraph the list of courses available for each semester for the “compulsory option”. The “free option” refers to any seminar of your choice among the Master courses offered by the Nova School of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Please refer to the following link for the courses availability and timetable: Masters

 

- I semester, Module – Theories of the Representation – 30 ECTS

  1. Compulsory option -10 ECTS
  2. Free option (can be a foreign language)– 10 ECTS
  3. Free option – 10 ECTS


- II semester, Module – Portuguese and Brazilian Literary Studies – 30 ECTS

  1. Compulsory option -10 ECTS
  2. Free option – 10 ECTS
  3. Dissertation Report - 10 ECTS

a)    Professional Path

Internship and internship report – 5 ECTS

Dissertation Report of 6.000 words – 5 ECTS

b)    Scientific Path

Dissertation Report of 10.000 words – 10 ECTS

 

- II semester, Module – Oralities and Traditions – 30 ECTS

  1. Conditional option – 10 ECTS
  2. Dissertation Supervision – 10 ECTS
  3. Free option – 10 ECTS

 

- IV semester, Module - Studies in Intertextuality – 30 ECTS

  1. Free option – support to the dissertation – 10 ECTS
  2. Final Dissertation of 20.000 words – 20 ECTS

 

 

Courses available at the Nova School of Social Sciences and Humanities

The available seminars are part of the programmes offered by three Master courses taught at Nova School of Social Sciences and Humanities: Mestrado em Estudos Portugueses, Mestrado em Línguas, Literaturas e Culturas and Mestrado em Estudos Sobre as Mulheres. For each semester please refer to the list below to choose your “conditional option” and please check with the coordinators at Nova School of Social Sciences and Humanities which courses are actually available during a specific academic year, as the offer of seminars may vary.

 

I semester, Module – Theories of the Representation

One seminar to be chosen from the list below:

- Teoria da Literatura

- Teoria da Cultura

- Estudos Literários Ingleses

- Teoria Feminista e Experiência Literária

- Crítica Literária: Cultura e História

- Problemática da Crítica Literária

- Práticas e Representações do Corpo

- Representações Americanas Identidade Cultura e Artes

 

II semester, Module – Portuguese and Brazilian Literary Studies

One seminar to be chosen from the list below:

- Temas de Literatura em Português

- Cânone Literário do Português

- Literatura Portuguesa Contemporânea

- Literaturas Ibero- Americanas Comparadas

- Estudos do Modernismo

- Temas de Cultura Portuguesa

 

III semester, Module – Oralities and Traditions

One seminar to be chosen from the list below:

- Mitos e Modelos Heróicos

- Problemas da Literatura Tradicional

- Literaturas Ibéricas Comparadas

 

IV semester, Module – Studies in Intertextuality

One seminar to be chosen from the courses available at the Nova School of Social Sciences and Humanities faculty: the course should be related with the topic chosen by the student for the final dissertation.

 

Fees and scholarships

Registration fee

A registration fee is payable each year of the programme. Please see the main Mundus website for current amounts.

Student scholarships

The European Union normally awards several European and non-European student scholarships each year to the programme, each amounting to ca. Euro 21,000 over 10 months, renewable for a second year. These scholarships are made available to students from all over the world to enable them to undertake study with us. The scholarships are based on academic criteria and are strictly competitive.

Students who are not awarded an EU scholarship are very welcome to join the programme on a self-funding basis.

Nova School of Social Sciences and Humanities awards two scholarships of € 500 each per semester spent at our University. If you wish to apply for the scholarship please send an email to us directly to express your interest in the scholarship: mastercrossways@fcsh.unl.pt

The names of the students awarded with the scholarship will be communicated per private email in September after that the final list of students attending the Master has been published.

A limited number of scholarships may also be made available by Regional and Trust sources to help subsidise your enrolment for the Crossways MA.

 

VISA for Portugal

If you are a Non-EU student and you need to apply for a VISA to study in Portugal, please get in touch with Lisbon local coordinator at least

3/4 months before your arrival (Christmas and summer holidays may slow down the process).

The Nova School of Social Sciences and Humanities will then provide you with an invitation letter for the VISA issuance.

Please check the required document at the following link and remember that depending on your nationality and where you are getting the VISA from the time and process of the VISA issuance might defer: Study in Portugal

 

Crossways Induction Days

  • 2014 Poznan

Schedule

  • 2013 Sheffield

Schedule

  • 2012 First Crossways - Lisboa, Nova School of Social Sciences and Humanities

 

Schedule

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Portuguese Course

Further information: http://www2.fcsh.unl.pt/clcp/

Further information

Before Leaving

You will find more details about scholarships and whether you qualify as a European or non-European applicant on the Mundus masters website:

More about Mundus scholarships on the main Mundus Crossways website

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