Oxford MSt in Modern Languages application questions Dec 28, 2017 6:40:46 GMT -5
Post by jensenbreck on Dec 28, 2017 6:40:46 GMT -5
I initially apologise as I realise that multiple threads concerning Masters and Postgraduate applications already exist - I post however so that I might add specific questions derived from my situation.
I am a first year norwegian Modern Languages student at the french university Paris Sorbonne and will in about two years apply for both Modern Languages and Linguistics ( with ML being my first choice ) at the university of Oxford and therefore plan to use this time as a period of preparation - however to this day I am uncertain as to what might be considered admission criteria and some other bits of information ( so essentially what I mean to ask is how should I prepare myself )
First of all I would like to note that I in the future plan on being a translator for the European Commission thus my competences which are mostly linguistic as I at this point am a fluent speaker of seven languages :
Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, French, Polish and English ( with mastery of these languages being confirmed through appropriate language level certificates except for Swedish and Danish ) As well as being to a reasonable extent familiar with the respective cultures of countries where these languages are spoken.
I have currently begun to devise a plan for my preparations for the university of Oxford being that this year go to Germany to actually obtain my C1 certificate and further deepen of it's culture ) and I plan on going to Russia next year for four months to master Russian ( if it were to turn out that I did not have enough time to become truly fluent I would then spend spend half a year in Russia through a university exchange program ) after which the last step would be to in my third year of university intern in the European Commission in a linguistically requiring position.
I do however realise that Oxford Modern Languages is also a course that quite heavily builds itself upon literature - part of my reason for posting this thread is that I would like to try to get oriented just how much, as while it is no Achilles'heel it is a scholar field in which I am weaker than in linguistics and therefore do not know if what knowledge and interests I hold are sufficent/appropriate and if I should further develop or change them.
My literary interests initially began with an online course posted by Harvard university called Justice and it concerned subjects of law, morality and the philosophies of authors such as Jeremy Bentham ( utilitarianism, Karl Marx ( marxism..hah! bet no one guessed that one ), Aristotle ( teleology ), Immanuel Kant etc. that analysed their thoughts and ideologies applied and reflected upon using today's real world situations.
I've come to find these subjects quite fascinating, they've even turned into a something of a passion for me, as they offer perspectives on the shaping and construction of the morality of mankind and it's psychology ( which is also a rather extensive interest that I've been researching for years now also with Yale university online courses ) constructed, therefore I subsequently went on my own on to further research these authors and would find it to be a great pleasure if I might ever get to write a dissertation on morality and philisophy ( this would also derive from several writings of Rene Descartes, Nietzsche, Voltaire and perhaps Kiergegaard and Dostojevski, some of these authors don't actually interest me that much but I would consider them, if only for how different languages allow me to add and use them with broader more culturally understanding perspectives ).
Yet another question ( albeit common ) is grades - how much would you believe that Oxford university will take them into consideration? I can quite easily achieve a grade average of more than 2:1 ( 14/20 in the french system amounting to 70% ) - I could also choose to make it higher but this would considerably take away from time that I like to spend on my own scholar passions, being languages and courses on psychology, culture, economy, strategy, statistics and philisophy ( most offered online by Yale/Harvard ) to do nothing but raise grades on subjects that do not interest me/I don't care about - therefore do you believe that by noting these interests ( even though they are not neccesarily something that is linked to Modern Languages ) the university of Oxford would approve my choice of personal interests over grades?
Also - university prestige, should I believe that it matters and that it might increase my chances of being admitted? My current university ranked number one in France and usually likes to hang around 13 in the world for Modern Languages.
And for my last question, which might be a bit silly but after having taken a look at Oxford graduate admission statistics for the last year and to be honest I'm not quite sure if I understand them.
I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.
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