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.

The course consists of two main core modules, Capitalism and Culture, and Problems and Perspectives in Cultural Studies. These establish a framework for the close analysis of the locations, products and systems of culture. The dissertation of 10-12,000 words, which can be written on an appropriate topic of your choice, and the Research Methods module are also core modules. There is also an optional work placement module.

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.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

You will choose four modules from the option modules list.

Core modules
  • Capitalism and Culture
  • Dissertation
  • Problems and Perspectives in Cultural Studies
Option modules
  • Digital Cultures
  • Engaging the Archive
  • Experimental Women's Writing, Photography and Film
  • Queer Now
  • Representing World Cultures
  • Trauma in American Modernity: The Nation and its Limits
  • Urban Cultures
  • Work Placement in Cultural Institutions

Entry Requirements

You should have a good Honours degree (usually 2:1 or above, or equivalent) in a relevant subject area.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with 7.0 in writing (or equivalent).

Applicants may also be asked to provide an example of previously written work as part of the application. The University offers pre-sessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course.

Careers

Career path

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 a community and educational programme co-ordinators for museums, like 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.

Career development centre

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course,
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience,
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability,
  • market yourself effectively to employers,
  • write better CVs and application forms,
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills,
  • plan your career with our careers consultants,
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated August 5, 2019
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international - UK/EU: £7,000 (fees per academic year)
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