Taught course

Critical and Cultural Theory (English Studies)

University of Leeds · School of English

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in English or in a closely related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Critical Theory provides an increasingly vital means of intervening in contemporary cultural debates. The School of English at the University has a wide range of theoretical expertise in areas as diverse as Enlightenment philosophy, Marxism and the Frankfurt School, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, gender, sexuality and queer theory, green critique, postcolonial theory and Holocaust studies.

Literary study relies on the insights and methodologies generated by theorists working in a range of overlapping fields, from politics and philosophy to sociology and anthropology. This MA enables you to read the work of critical theorists in a more sustained and comparative fashion, explore the history of various critical debates and consider how these debates inform the ways in which we understand the complex relationship between literature, culture and politics. By combining modules from the Critical and Cultural Theory MA with other modules from the School, students are able to design their own intellectual journey, a journey that may lead on to doctoral work or to manifold critical and creative paths outside the academy.

Information for international students

The University of Leeds welcomes international students. English language is required (eg. IELTS). Accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students paying fees at non-EU rate. For details please refer to relevant course website.

Fees and funding

There are a number of scholarships available to both UK/EU and international students. Further information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)113 343 4738