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 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

Key information

Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
01603 591515