University of York

University of York

Culture and Thought after 1945

The course offers a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary, taught postgraduate study of the intertwined theoretical, cultural and historical developments of the contemporary. Drawing on the rich and varied offerings of 6 departments and centres at York, the course allows students to construct a programme that suits their particular interests, while the core module provides a foundation in various disciplinary and trans-disciplinary ways of conceptualising and analysing the contemporary. Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to approach the contemporary by bringing together the subject matter and methodologies of multiple disciplines in original and exciting ways. All students follow the team-taught core module and 3 optional modules offered by partner departments (Archaeology, English, the Centre for Women's Studies, History, History of Art and Sociology).

Entry requirements

We are looking to attract applicants with a strong 2.1 or 1st undergraduate degree (e.g. an average of approx. 67% or more) in an arts, humanities and social science subject and we are expecting the degree to have provided some foundation for theoretical and interdisciplinary considerations of culture and thought after 1945. We will also consider applications where exceptional circumstances or alternative routes to postgraduate study are outlined. International applicants are welcome. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Core Module: Framing the contemporary. Optional modules are available. The option modules offered vary from year to year, depending upon the interests and availability of staff.

Assessment methods

Coursework consists of four assessed essays of approximately 4,500 words each. The Summer Term and the rest of the academic year are devoted to the production of a c.15,000-20,000-word dissertation, which is submitted at the end of September.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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Postgraduate Administrator
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01904 323369