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MA Culture and Thought After 1945
MA Culture and Thought After 1945

MA Culture and Thought After 1945

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  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent qualification. We will consider applications from students with lower qualifications, particularly if you have high marks in relevant modules or appropriate professional experience.

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS, 7.0, minimum 6.5 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 185, minimum 176 in each component

  • Duolingo, 120, minimum 110 in all other components

  • LanguageCert, C1 Expert High Pass with 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 67, minimum 61 in each component

  • TOEFL, 96, minimum 23 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Distinction in all components

Course Information

Investigate the art, literature, history, culture and thought of the post-1945 era. Explore topics from social media to the making of the contemporary world, cultural heritage management to globalisation, from art and the environment to justice. 

On this flexible course you'll study with leading experts in their field from the Departments of Archaeology, English, History, History of Art, Sociology and the Centre for Women’s Studies. We'll introduce you to the various means by which different disciplines conceptualise and analyse the period. You can construct a programme that suits your interests and develops your transferable skills in interdisciplinary research. 

You’ll engage with the wider research culture of the Centre for Modern Studies, and there will be a diverse schedule of seminars, conferences and reading groups for you to attend. You’ll also be part of the Humanities Research Centre, a vibrant interdisciplinary hub which will enable you to form close social and intellectual bonds over the course of your study.

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Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Framing the Contemporary 

  • Postgraduate Life in Practice I 

  • Postgraduate Life in Practice II 

Option modules

You'll choose option modules from a wide range offered by our partner departments. Examples of which may include:


  • Making the Nation 

  • Empires of Improvement 

  • Digital Knowledge Production in Archaeology 

  • Concepts, Principles & Practice 

  • Museums, Audiences & Interpretation 

English and Related Literature 

  • Film/Literature Encounters 

  • Debating Global Literary Culture 

  • Reading Modernity 

  • The Making of Modern Poems: A Workshop 

  • Modern Theatre and the Political Imagination 

  • Cold War Culture: Literature, Film & Theory in Post-War Europe 

  • Literature & Activism 

  • Digitally Decolonial 


  • Approaches to Modern History 

  • The Making of the Contemporary World: History, Politics and Ideas since 1945 

  • A Picture of Health: The Mass Media and Public Health in the Twentieth Century 

  • Neoliberalism and its Discontents: The World since 1968 

  • Serious and Organised? A Global History of the Criminal Underworld since 1750 

  • Falling for Growth: Capitalism in the Modern World 

  • Gendering the Exotic - Exoticising Gender, c.1700-1920 

  • Wires, Weapons, and Washing Machines: A Global History of Technology and Society in the Long 20th Century

  • Colonialism in China  

  • Public History I: Meanings & Values in Public History 

  • Russian Foreign Policy from Alexander I to Vladimir Putin 

  • Parliament, People & Representation in Britain since the Late 18th Century  

History of Art

  • Topics and Methods in Contemporary Art 

  • Art, Mass Media and Communication, 1945-1991 

  • British Post-War Architecture: Anglo-Scandos, Brutalists and "Trad Dads" 

  • Home, Habitat & Community in Modern Italian Art 


  • Culture, Society & Globalization I: Theories & Developments 

  • Themes and Issues in Contemporary Sociology 

  • Law and Social Control 

  • Culture, Society & Globalization II: Inequalities & Practices 

  • Social Media, Data and Society 

Centre for Women's Studies

  • Feminist Cultural Activism 

  • Feminism and Sexuality 

  • Women, Citizenship and Conflict 

  • Feminist Histories – Feminist Historiography

  • Gender and Migration 

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  • Advertising, marketing, and public relations

  • Arts administration

  • Civil and diplomatic services

  • Film, radio, social media, television and theatre

  • Journalism and broadcasting

  • Law

  • Government

  • Academia

  • Publishing

  • Teaching

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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