M.A. Critical Theory (MA)

University of Nottingham

Tuition fee:
  • € 4,690 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,762 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Course Content

Through two core and two optional modules, as well as your dissertation, this course enables you to draw on a wide variety of critical theories developed in the humanities and social sciences.

To balance the broad theoretical scope of the taught classes, you will have the opportunity to focus on areas of individual interest in your essays and dissertation.

Core modules are Subject and Sign after Freud and Saussure and Social and Political Theories.

Current optional modules on this course include subjects such as:

* Mass Media
* Postcolonialisms
* Technology, Science, Life
* Poststructuralism and Writing
* Critiques of War

You also have the opportunity to choose a module from another of the many relevant MA programmes that run at Nottingham. Modules are typically taken from courses such as:

* Twentieth Century French and Francophone Literatures
* Film Studies
* American Studies
* Landscape and Culture
* Architecture and Critical Theory
* Visual Culture

Please note that all module details are subject to change.

You will be assigned both a personal tutor and dissertation tutor to guide you through your coursework.

Course Structure
You may follow the MA in Critical Theory over 1 year, full-time (October to September) or part-time over 2 to 3 years.

Full-time students take four modules in all - two core modules in the first semester and two optional modules in the second semester, plus a dissertation (worth 60 credits).

Part-time students can complete this course within 24 or 36 months, depending on their circumstances.

The largely seminar-based teaching will allow you to both learn about, and critically engage with, theoretical approaches such as Marxism, the Frankfurt School, Postcolonialism and Poststructuralism.

This is enhanced by a series of lectures taking you, step by step, through the critical tradition that runs from Kant right through to Heidegger and beyond.

Written coursework also encourages the development of the scholarly tools required for doctoral research, and many of our graduates do go on to do PhDs.

All taught modules are assessed by written work of 5,000 words, which are submitted towards the end of the semester in which the module is taught.

The dissertation module is assessed by a written work of up to 20,000 words, and is usually submitted in early September.

There are no examinations. All course work and dissertations are double marked within the School as well as being examined externally.

We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Critical Theory


Entry requirements:2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)Including:Arts or Social Sciences Degree preferredIELTS:7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)TOEFL paper based:600 with 4.5 in TWETOEFL computer based:250 with 4.5 in TWETOEFL IBT:100 (no less than 19 in any element)

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)


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