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Cultural and Critical Studies MA

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Cultural Studies Critical Theory

Course type


Course Summary

This interdisciplinary Master's degree explores critical and cultural debates across disciplines in the arts and humanities, offering you the chance to examine work in a diversity of media, including print culture, painting, film, new media and popular culture. It combines a thorough exposure to contemporary critical methods and debates with a diverse range of advanced study options.

In consultation with tutors, you will be able to build a dynamic programme of study that allows you to follow themes and issues across different disciplines, and develop your interests accordingly.


Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.


Graduates go in to careers in writing and journalism, editing and publishing, research, marketing and public relations. Possible professions include writing, editing, research, or publishing. This degree can also be useful in a variety of roles within the arts and humanities, such as an editorial assistant, arts administrator, or public relations officer.

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Full time | Birkbeck, Central London WC1 | 1 year | OCT-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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This module continues your introduction to the most important concepts, thinkers and works in cultural and critical studies. In Block C, we focus on a series of important topics examining the convergence of technology and cultural theory. By examining technological, political, and cultural change, we will consider how twentieth- and twenty-first-century theory has interpreted the relationship between the human and the technologically saturated contemporary world. In Block D we consider culture, recuperation and resistance in the post-war, from Herbert Marcuse's aesthetic theory, and his search for the new revolutionary agents during the counter-cultural 1960s, through Guy Debord's analysis of recuperation and resistance in and through culture, Fredric Jameson's co-locating of finance capitalism and cultural form, and the role of art vis-is politics, activism, labour, autonomy and social change.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject: English, history, philosophy, visual culture, media studies, or an interdisciplinary programme with a strong humanities or arts component. We also welcome applicants with non-traditional qualifications and/or other kinds of experience or professional training. Your suitability will be assessed at interview.

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research student with a...more