Presentation of the Curriculum

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The Master’s degree in Cultural Studies of the English-Speaking World is a Research Master’s degree that validates excellent knowledge in one or more scientific domains in the field of English Studies, namely British, American, and Commonwealth literature; history and history of ideas; British, American, and Commonwealth civilisation; aesthetics; institutions and politics (domestic and foreign); linguistics; history of language; history of linguistic ideas; sociolinguistics; phonology; literary translation; and translation studies. The curriculum also includes advanced translation and translation theory, digital humanities, advanced training in research techniques and rhetoric, scientific project development, internships, and professionalization workshops. Its goal is to address a number of issues that are essential to cultural studies, such as the changing sociocultural context and the need to decompartmentalize disciplines, in order to better understand the complex reality and intricate intertwining of the English-speaking world.

The Master’s programme is subdivided into three sections, each of which groups a set of options:

–    Texts from the English-speaking world: translation, publishing, and creation.

–    English-speaking communities of experience: memories, narratives, and representations.

    Diversity of the English-speaking world: forms of exchange, otherness, and power.

Each student, whatever the section chosen, receives a multi-/inter-/transdisciplinary training, which, at the same time, places the disciplines themselves at the heart of the debates, with no hierarchy established between them, in order to foster enquiry (for instance, students of literature are also trained in linguistic analysis, students of civilization in the publishing of historical texts, and so on). This inclusive approach is at the heart of our Cultural Studies department.


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Course Head

Sara Greaves

Target Audience

Students aiming for a doctorate, the competitive exams for recruitment to secondary or higher education, translation schools, or the cultural, communication or international relations professions.

Students in their third year of a Bachelor’s degree or any applicant meeting all the admission requirements below.

Admission Requirements

INFORMATION FOR THE APPLICATION PERIOD ON THE UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION’S WEBSITE. The application period for the first year of ECMA’s Master’s degree will run from 17 April 2020 to 30 May 2020 . 

Admission into first year

The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign and Regional Languages, Literature and Civilisation, either in English or trilingual; or hold a Bachelor’s degree in Literature or Human Sciences AND have a C2 level in English.

In accordance with France’s new national Master’s degree criteria (2016), Aix-Marseille University has set up a selection process for all students applying for admission in first year. Admission depends on the number of students approved for each Department by Aix-Marseille University’s board of directors, and is subject to the examination of the student’s application by the Master’s panel. 

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Structure and Organization

The Master’s degree in Cultural Studies is subdivided into three sections, each of which brings together a set of options:

–  Texts from the English-speaking world: translate, publish, and create.

–   English-speaking communities of experience. Memories, narratives, and representations.

   Diversity in the English-speaking world: forms of exchange, otherness, and power.

Registration Regimes

This curriculum is available in:

        –  Initial education

        –  Continuing education

Knowledge to be acquired

– in-depth knowledge of the field of English studies: linguistics, literature, history and history of ideas (civilization), translation, and translation studies;

– methodology of research and its dissemination;

– in-depth study of core subjects in the fields of literature, civilization, linguistics, and translation, and perfecting the rhetoric of written and oral expression, particularly with a view to preparing competitive recruitment exams for teaching in France (agrégation; CAPES as an independent candidate);

– advanced skills in translation and translation theory;

– training in digital humanities;

– completion of several advanced research projects (first and second-year Master’s dissertations), setting-up of a scientific project, and vocational training through internships and workshops.

Key Skills

1. Research (continuation into doctoral studies)

– compiling a bibliography;

– implementing the research methodology adapted to the problem being addressed;

– writing a research paper or an article in one of the anglophone languages;

– carrying out a statistical analysis of the data collected;

– adopting a critical and argumentative approach.

2. Writing reviews and scientific articles

        – structuring, arguing, synthesizing, and clearly presenting information and results;

        – exchanging scientific information orally and synthetically;

        – explaining the repercussions of the knowledge acquired;

        – translating texts of various kinds (French/English; English/French);

        – optimal dissemination of the results obtained with the partners and various stakeholders.

3. Communication and promotion of research work

        – advanced training in research on the English-speaking world;

        – perfect command of both English and French, written and spoken;

        – training in research dissemination and communication;

        – preparation for the agrégation, after the Master’s degree;

        – specialization in one of the disciplines of English Studies;

        – advanced training in digital humanities, research techniques, and new digital writing.

        – internships and supervised projects;

        – internship within the research unit with which the Master’s programme is affiliated (LERMA,     Research Unit UR 853);

        – organization of internships (1 or 2 semesters) in schools and universities abroad: United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Commonwealth;

        – ECMA Master’s graduates can also obtain internships in local companies (particularly in the field of translation and the book trade);

        – organization, by second-year Master’s students, of a Research Day with the support of LERMA teacher-researchers;

        – drafting of an assessed internship report;

– two dissertations, one in French, the other in English, the writing of which is assisted and proofread by individual directors;

– viva for the dissertations with a panel of two teacher-researchers including the supervisor.

Professional opportunities

– working in higher education (if studies are continued);

– research in human and social sciences (if studies are continued at doctorate level);

– general education at primary and secondary level (through competitive examinations);

– types of career available: teacher-researcher, teacher, researcher, instructor, professional writer or editor, interpreter, translator, publishing professions, cultural professions, PR manager, press officer, international organizations.

 Continuation of studies

– doctorate in ‘English-Speaking Languages, Literatures, and Civilizations’;

agrégation of English (French competitive exam);

– external CAPES in English (French competitive exam for the recruitment of secondary school teachers);

– CRPE (competitive exam for the recruitment of primary school teachers);        

– competitive exams for entering the French civil service;

– professions in publishing, culture, and communication;

– international organizations.


Partnerships with schools, universities, or cultural organizations (United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Commonwealth) for the organization of internships and semesters abroad.

Promoting attainment

1) Evaluation is based on full continuous assessment, which aims to:

– promote the professional integration of ECMA Master’s graduates, since academic attendance guarantees the high level of the curriculum;

– guarantee a progressive and positive evaluation, conceived of as educational and structuring support, and designed as a validation of knowledge acquisition allowing the student to continuously improve their performance;

– reinforce group cohesion and develop the sense of belonging to the same year group;

– allow the student to have no exams in May, so that they can complete the writing of their dissertation in optimized conditions.

2) The curriculum is available as distance learning (DL) for students who are unable to attend the courses (employed students or students abroad). The entire ECMA Master’s degree can therefore be validated by distance learning.

3) The role of professionalization

The quality of professional integration and the future of the graduate students is given the utmost attention in the ECMA Master’s programme.

The Professional Development Council maximizes students’ learning, while facilitating their occupational integration. Marin Dacos, head of the Centre for Open Electronic Publishing (CLEO), runs the council, which is composed of 19 statutory members and 7 outside members, namely:

·     Mr Rémi Borel, head librarian of the Bibliothèque Méjanes;

·    Mr Marin Dacos, head of the CLEO, holder of the agrégation in history, research engineer at France’s CNRS;

·       Mr Jean-Christophe Faudot, head of the Higher Education and Research committee. Relations with the economic world. Pays d’Aix metropolitan area;

·    Ms Laëtitia Lasagesse, transfer project supervisor in human and social sciences. SATT Sud-Est;

·    Ms Sophie Vallas, professor, head of the Language, Letters and Arts postgraduate school, ED 354;

·   Ms Jessica Salvo (Da Costa-Vieira), teacher at Lycée Vitrolles (13). ACMA Master of research in linguistics. Holder of the agrégation externe (2011) in English, which she prepared in Aix-Marseille University’s Department of English Studies

·   Ms Amandine Texier, ACMA Research Master graduate, publishing assistant and research engineer at OpenEdition.

Professionalization Days are offered to incoming first-year and second-year Master’s students. The purpose of these meetings is to present the various Master’s degree opportunities (secondary education, doctorate, higher education, literary and publishing translation, and so on). They also aim to help students who do not intend to go into teaching or literary translation to establish contacts with the business world and hone the skills acquired in class.

Students are invited to all events organised by Aix-Marseille University aimed at facilitating their professional integration. A directory of Master’s graduates (2006–) gives them access to a professional network.

Vocational guidance

Vocational guidance days are offered to incoming first-year and second-year Master’s students. These take place twice a year, at the beginning of each semester. The following are invited to attend:

        – ECMA’s Master’s graduates who have entered the workplace;

        – teachers with the CAPES or agrégation who are ECMA Master’s graduates;

        – doctoral students from various fields of English Studies;

        – doctoral students from different fields of English Studies with a research contract;

        – doctoral students who are part-time lecturers;

        – post-doctoral students;

        – the head of the Aix-Marseille University’s SUIO (careers and vocational guidance service) in charge of professional integration;

        – personalities from the socio-economic world.

The aim of these meetings is to present the different career paths offered by the ECMA Master’s programme (secondary education, doctorate, higher education, literary translation, and so on). They also aim to help students who do not intend to go into teaching or literary translation to establish contacts with the business world and to enhance the value of the skills acquired in class. These days also allow for a fruitful exchange between students from the same class and those from previous years.

Assistance for Further Studies and Professional Integration

– personalized help with professional integration and seeking an internship;

– graduate network; alumni directory and alumni day;

– vocational units in Digital Humanities for first-year and second-year Master’s students, allowing an original linking of research on English language and culture with the engineering of broadcasting;

– course unit in the promotion of research results and professional skills (for first years);

– Research Day organized by second-year Master’s students;

– skills guide.

Studying Abroad

        – During their Master’s degree ECMA students may spend time abroad in British, American, and Commonwealth universities as exchange students, language assistants or part-time lecturers.

        – The programme includes an organization scheme for incoming and/or outgoing international mobility. During their Master’s degree, students enrolled in a Research Master’s programme may spend some time abroad in Europe (Erasmus exchange programme: United Kingdom, Ireland, etc.) and outside Europe (United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa, India, etc.) with the validation of certain equivalent teaching units. The duration of the stays varies from six months to one year.

        – The curriculum has developed several international partnerships.

        · The Commonwealthprogramme (Oceania-Africa-Asia) (head: Mr Matthew Graves). Five Australian partners: the University of Sydney (USYD), the University of New South Wales (UNSW), the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Macquarie University, the Australian National University, Canberra.

        A one-month cultural management internship in the field of public history at the Museum of Australian Democracy is also available to ECMA Master’s students.

        – A France-Quebec agreement signed by the CREPUQ and the France-Canada exchange with the University of Western Ontario (head: Ms Isabelle Vagnoux).

        The first or second year of the Master’s degree spent in Quebec is validated within the framework of the ECMA Master’s programme.

  • Student exchange programmes with the United States are supervised by Ms Cécile Cottenet.    Places are available at Indiana University (Bloomington) and the University of Wisconsin.
  • Teaching assistant positions are available in American universities such as the University of        Wisconsin, while Wellesley College (Massachusetts) [a women’s university] welcomes two Master’s               students as assistant activity leaders each year. Other universities are also available within the   framework of the agreements signed by the International Relations department. An information             meeting is scheduled every year around October.