University of East Anglia UEA

University of East Anglia UEA

Culture and Modernity

On this course, students examine a variety of intellectual responses to modernity, engaging in debates across culture through a selection of modules from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, mostly of their own choosing. Such study is reinforced by teaching in research methodologies and a range of research seminars. The course provides an excellent training in theoretical debate and forms of cultural analysis, hence a strong foundation for further postgraduate study. Alternatively, its breadth and topicality make it a recognised pathway for careers in publishing, teaching, politics, management, journalism, the media and public life in general.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a good Honours degree at a minimum 2.1 level or equivalent. All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose 1st language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components and 7.0 in writing, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies Tier 4 visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in 1 of the listed countries. For a full list of these, as well as the qualifications / tests that we will consider, please visit our website.

Course modules

Compulsory module: critical theories of the western self (introduces students to the major shift from modern to postmodern thinking); 1 further module is usually chosen from: mapping modernism(s); poetics, writing, language; European philosophy; truth and illusion in art; European gothic: fear and horror as trans-national dialogue; topics in political philosophy; Rousseau; and the enlightenment. 2 more modules are chosen from an extensive list offered by the wider faculty.

Assessment methods

Most modules are assessed by coursework, which may include presentations, seminar papers, and/or essays of around 5000 words. Students are required to complete a research dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.

Sponsorship information

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing has a number of scholarships and bursaries available for Home, EU and Overseas students. Further details can be found on the School website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 12,900 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 12,900 per Whole course (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of East Anglia Norwich NR4 7TJ East of England

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