Taught course

Culture and Thought after 1945

University of York · Department of English and Related Literature

Entry requirements

We are looking to attract applicants with a strong 2:1 or 1:0 undergraduate degree (e.g. an average of approx. 67% or more) in an arts, humanities and social science subject and we are expecting the degree to have provided some foundation for theoretical and interdisciplinary considerations of culture and thought after 1945. We will also consider applications where exceptional circumstances or alternative routes to postgraduate study are outlined. International applicants are welcome. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Culture and Thought after 1945 offers a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary, taught postgraduate study of the intertwined theoretical, cultural and historical developments of the contemporary.

Drawing on the rich and varied offerings of six departments and centres at York, the MA allows students to construct a programme that suits their particular interests, while the core module provides a foundation in various disciplinary and transdisciplinary ways of conceptualising and analysing the contemporary.

Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to approach the contemporary by bringing together the subject matter and methodologies of multiple disciplines in original and exciting ways.

All students follow the team-taught core module and three MA optional modules offered by partner departments (Archaeology, English, the Centre for Women’s Studies, History, History of Art and Sociology).

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323369