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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 course offers you the rare opportunity to study contemporary critical and cultural debates across a wide range of fields. Exploring a variety of different visual, textual and spatial forms of culture, and their diverse theorisations, the course will particularly appeal to those with wide-ranging interests in the arts and humanities, as well as those interested in cutting-edge theoretical debates.

Modules are taught by expert staff from a number of different disciplines, giving you the chance to follow particular themes in the areas that most interest you. Recent work by staff in Cultural and Critical Studies includes books and articles on new media, urban theory, gender, contemporary art and aesthetics, Victorian criminality, China, visual culture, architecture, post-colonialism and critical theory. You are encouraged to attend the research seminars in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, at which visiting speakers, creative practitioners and teaching staff present their current work.

Graduates from the MA in Cultural and Critical Studies have gone on to pursue a wide variety of careers both within the educational, cultural and creative sectors and beyond. Recent graduates from the course have gone on to become archivists in cultural institutions such as museums, galleries and universities, as community and educational programme co-ordinators for museums, as art gallery directors, theatre managers and a range of other roles within the creative industries, including public relations, marketing and recruitment. Others have become language teachers and translators, while many have undertaken doctoral research and gone on to pursue careers in higher education or become teachers in secondary and primary schools.

Different course options

Full time | Regent Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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This module provides you with a critical introduction to contemporary cultural studies through analysis of the major approaches underlying the interdisciplinary, cross-cultural study of society. It is built around readings of the most influential theorists in the field, and key themes you will cover include: class and ethnicity in cultural studies; discourse and practice in cultural studies; gender, media and aesthetics; performance, ritual and representation in the language of culture; place, identity and voice; and shifting identities in the public spheres of multi-culturalist, transnationalist and global movements. The module concludes with an examination of the possibilities of 'decolonising' cultural studies from its traditional Eurocentric perspectives.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a good Honours degree (usually 2:1 or above, or equivalent) in a relevant subject area. They may also be asked to provide an example of previous written work as part of the application. The University offers pre-sessional summer programmes if they need to improve their English before starting their course.

University information

The University of Westminster provides practical, rounded education so that people from every background can realise their true potential. We foster innovation and creativity, informed by professional practice and inspired by research. Through close links with industry, professional practice and academia in London, overseas and across the world, the University of Westminster creates rewarding connections between research, teaching and...more