Taught course

Critical Theory and Cultural Studies

University of Nottingham · Cultural Studies

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a related arts, humanities or social science subject.

Months of entry


Course content

For humanities graduates. Taught jointly by staff from Departments of Arts and Social Sciences. Core modules: theories of signification (Freud, Saussure, structuralism and post-structuralism); social and political theories (Marx, Frankfurt School, feminism, and post-colonialism). Additional areas of study: postmodernism; visual culture; poststructuralism;images; postcolonialism.

This is a truly interdisciplinary course that will give you a comprehensive introduction to the critical tradition that shapes today’s human and social sciences, as well as the opportunity to apply theories to contemporary cultural phenomena.

Approaches to issues of representation, identity, power, meaning and ideology thus include, but also extend beyond, the established British Cultural Studies paradigm.

The course builds on the scholarly relation between the theoretical and applied or practical aspects of research in the humanities, thereby preparing you for theoretically informed research in disciplines beyond cultural studies.

You will be able to draw on the expertise of the teaching team in areas such as literary theory, continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, cultural studies and political theory.

This course will certainly appeal to you if you are a cultural studies or Humanities graduate with an interest in further studies that emphasise theoretical approaches while maintaining a focus on their application to cultural events and practices.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Cultures, Languages & Area Studies web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months


part time
24 months
full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559