Critical and Cultural Theory (English Studies), M.A.

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  • 12 months
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The Critical and Cultural Theory (English Studies) programme from University of Leeds will allow you to read the work of critical theorists from different fields and approaches with sensitivity and critical insight, as well as exploring the complex dynamics of literature, culture and politics.

About

Critical theory has become increasingly important as a way of understanding and intervening in cultural debates. The Critical and Cultural Theory (English Studies) programme from University of Leeds will allow you to read the work of critical theorists from different fields and approaches with sensitivity and critical insight, as well as exploring the complex dynamics of literature, culture and politics.

You値l develop your knowledge of research methods in critical and cultural studies through a core module and you値l choose from a range of options allowing you to explore theories and thinkers that suit your own interests. You can even choose one module from elsewhere in the School of English, giving you the chance to broaden the scope of your understanding.With the support of active researchers and access to our extensive library and research resources, you値l be able to learn more about the evolution of critical and cultural debates, while gaining high-level skills that are valuable in a range of careers.You値l learn in a stimulating environment with access to excellent resources for your research. The world-class Brotherton Library has extensive holdings to support the study of literature, and our Special Collections are full of archive and manuscript material. The University Library offers full training to help you make the most of them, equipping you with valuable skills in the process.

Programme Structure

Course content

A core module in your first semester will develop your understanding of research methods in critical and cultural theory, as well as allowing you to build and improve your research skills. At the same time, you値l choose from optional modules related to critical and cultural theory, and even have the chance to study one module from the wider range on offer across the School of English. You値l take another two optional modules in the following semester.

Throughout the programme, you値l use different theoretical lenses to explore the complex relationships between art, culture and politics with a specific focus on literature. You値l also specialise in an area of critical and cultural theory of your choice when you complete a dissertation or research project, which you値l submit by the end of the programme.

If you choose to study part-time, you値l take fewer modules in each year and study over a longer period.

Learning and teaching

You値l generally have two-hour weekly seminars in each module where you discuss the themes and issues arising from your reading, and you値l be able to enhance your learning by attending the wide range of research seminars and talks by visiting speakers that we arrange throughout the year. You値l also benefit from supervisions throughout semester 2 with your dissertation supervisor.

However, independent study is a vital part of the degree as it allows you to build your skills and explore your own ideas.

Assessment
Most of our modules are assessed by a single essay of around 4,000 words, which you submit at the end of the semester in which you studied the module. You may also be expected to submit unassessed essays to gain feedback on your work, or give presentations in your seminars. The research project/dissertation is 12,000-15,000 words in length.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements
  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in English or Critical/Cultural Theory or a related subject.
International qualifications
  • We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Tuition Fee

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