Taught course

Cultural and Critical Theory

University of Brighton · School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

Degree and experience
Relevant honours degree (minimum second class). Admission by interview. Suitable professional experience considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA studies the interdependence of philosophy and critical theory, and addresses their relation to political action, culture, aesthetics, and art.

The course offers two pathways:

  1. Philosophy and Critical Theory
  2. Aesthetics and Cultural Theory

The Philosophy and Critical Theory pathway studies key figures and issues in the history of modern Western philosophy. In doing so, it considers the ways in which these ideas have informed critical social theory.

The Aesthetics and Cultural Theory pathway uses that same intellectual background to explore the issues that have been raised in cultural studies, art theory and aesthetics during the Twentieth and Twenty First Centuries.

Both pathways are suitable for students who have already studied philosophy and cultural theory, and who want to gain a deeper understanding of particular topics or issues. Each pathway guides its students towards developing bodies of advanced specialist knowledge in their chosen areas.

Both are, however, also suited to students who are relatively unfamiliar with this material, and who want to explore it in detail at MA-level.

Our courses are reviewed and enhanced on an ongoing basis in order to make sure that what you learn with us is relevant and that your course enables you to develop appropriate skills. When you apply to study with us, we will inform you of any new developments in your chosen programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course enquiries
01273 644644