University of York

University of York

Culture and Thought after 1945

The MA in Culture and Thought after 1945 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 six departments and centres at York, the MA 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.

Entry requirements

We are looking to attract applicants with a strong 2.1 or 1.0 undergraduate degree in an arts, humanities or 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; IELTS: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each component; pearson: 67 overall with 67 in each component.

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 £ 6,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 15,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,225 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 7,575 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator, Centre fro Modern Studies
Telephone number: 
01904 328097