University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Visual Culture

The programme introduces the key ideas and debates which have shaped understanding of visual culture during the 20th and 21st Centuries. 2 core courses provide a grounding in theoretical perspectives and critical skills. Optional modules allow students to explore visual culture in different historical and cultural contexts, and include a practice-based pathway. Core courses prepare students for their dissertation project, which allows for the sustained investigation of a topic identified by the student working in consultation with their supervisor. The course will be of interest to students with backgrounds including film studies, cultural studies, English, modern languages and art history. It will also be of interest to those with a professional background in the visual arts and media.

Entry requirements

Students are normally required to have a good 2.1 degree (or its equivalent) in a subject of relevance to visual culture (such as anthropology, art history, English, film studies, media studies, modern languages, sociology or theatre studies), They are also required to have a minimum of 6.5 in IELTS with at least a 6.0 in writing and reading.

Course modules

Students take 1 core course in each semester: Introduction to visual culture and theory (semester 1); critical analysis of visual culture (semester 2). They also take an optional course in each semester, which explores different modes and forms of visual culture in a rangeof cultural and historical contexts. Students working towards an Master's complete a 15,000-word dissertation over the summer

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include essays, reports and other coursework. The Master's also requires a 15,000-word dissertation, while the diploma consists of coursework alone.

Sponsorship information

The College of Arts and Social Sciences offers a limited number of awards to assist with fees; Scottish students with a 1st Class Honours degree may apply to the Carnegie Trust; AHRB for UK and EU students; Overseas Research Student scheme makes awards competitively to outstanding non-EU nationals undertaking a research degree (usually PhD).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 13,000 per Week (overseas fees) 9 months
MLitt Full-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MLitt Full-time £ 13,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
PgDip Part-time £ 4,000 per Whole course (home fees) 21 months
PgDip Part-time £ 13,000 per Whole course (overseas fees) 21 months
MLitt Part-time £ 4,000 per Whole course (home fees) 24 months
MLitt Part-time £ 13,000 per Whole course (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
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