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Cultural Studies (MA)

Course Description

This programme brings cultural studies into today's global age, offering both an integral grounding in critical thought and an active engagement with media, technology, aesthetics, and geopolitics in their contemporary and historical forms - http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-cultural-studies/

The MA in Cultural Studies is the flagship programme of Goldsmiths’ Centre for Cultural Studies, and is one of the leading programmes in the field today.

It specialises in advanced cultural and critical theoretical exploration of culture as developed up to the present day in the UK, Europe, North America, and Asia.

An intensive study in critical and cultural theory

The Masters provides an intensive study in cultural and critical theory and in substantive cultural studies. Specialising in advanced theoretical inquiry, our course of study will give you a groundwork in cultural analysis that allows you, as it has countless graduates of the programme, to pursue further research in the field as well as a variety of cultural work in the world at large.

International focus

Unique in its international focus, the programme offers you essential grounding in the various methods and approaches associated with the theoretical and practical exploration of culture in its contemporary and historical iterations.

You will have the opportunity to shape your programme of study in accordance with your own interests and select from a wide range of modules taught by internationally recognised research staff with expertise in Continental philosophy and aesthetics, comparative literature, media technologies, digital culture, art, and global geo-politics.

Innovative and interdisciplinary

Your experience on the MA will be driven by the Centre’s commitment to innovative and interdisciplinary methods, practice-led research, and meaningful engagement with culture and politics.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Lisa Rabanal.

Modules & Structure

You will take two core modules together with a selection of individual modules, and complete a Masters dissertation. The first core course covers the breadth of advanced contemporary theory. It enables you to study the most advanced theorists of and questions surrounding the ‘new’ cultural theory represented by such figures as Foucault, Deleuze, Negri, Badiou, and Agamben.

The second core course extends this groundwork by familiarising you with the genealogy of critical theory and its basis in the history of philosophy and aesthetics. Key positions in contemporary critical discourse on art, society, politics and culture are discussed with reference to the conditions of their formulation and in context of their provenance in the history of critical thought from Kant, Hegel and Marx to Freud, Husserl, Benjamin, and Irigaray.

Alongside the core courses, you select from a range of specialist options that introduce a material focus to the theory covered – for instance, in digital and genetic media, in urban space, in the creative industries, in art and in textual, visual and audial cultures.

In addition, a team-taught seminar introduces you to the methods of cultural analysis and specialist expertise represented by the Centre's research faculty, preparing you for individual research.

After the completion of coursework, the dissertation is undertaken over the summer term, allowing you to explore your own interests in cultural analysis, and providing a solid groundwork for further study or engagement in cultural work at large.


Around half of students completing this programme progress to PhD level, and others go into practical work – in the creative industries and in NGOs in a great number of countries.


High-level knowledge of cultural research; transferable skills within social and critical theory, aesthetics and performance, communication and multimedia; ethnography skills; critical appreciation of current debates in the media, the culture industries and the wider contemporary cultural environment.


Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

Visit the Cultural Studies (MA) page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Cristobal Bianchi

106.gif I found out about Goldsmiths five years before I decided to leave Santiago de Chile for study in the UK. I came to Goldsmiths not only for its good reputation, but also to work with an interdisciplinary curriculum that would allow me to integrate my experience and interest in poetry, art education and cultural theory. In Chile I worked in art education with children in social risk, and also in an art collective called Casa Grande.

I moved to London in September 2004. From the beginning I found myself in a great academic environment with diverse options of seminars, talks, lectures and screenings. It was wonderful to discover a particular interest for creativity, critical thinking, and open ways to create links between practice and theory. This critical learning allows me to explore my own thinking much further, not just in the College, but in the entire city and in public events where I meet my classmates and teachers. All of them have become a strong network of help and discussion. I’ve also had the opportunity to work as a Visiting Tutor in a different department, which allows me to get experience in education and meet other staff and students.


Goldsmiths Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please note that scholarship schemes and awards are subject to the availability of funds, and the details given here are subject to change at any time. we therefore encourage you to check this information regularly.

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Home and EU students (full-time and part-time).

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

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Banco Santander Scholarships - 7 Awards

In partnership with Banco Santander, Goldsmiths will be awarding seven scholarships to outstanding candidates from within the Santander Universidades network. Each scholarship provides a £5,000 fee waiver and is tenable for one year only.

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Scholarships will be open to students applying to study a taught masters degree (excludes MRes and Masters by Research) in any discipline starting in September 2016. The countries targeted (although not exclusively, should exceptional candidates apply from other eligible countries*) will be:Mexico
* The Santander Universidades scheme covers institutions in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK, Uruguay and USA.

Application Procedure

Your scholarship application should be completed online through your myGoldsmiths account. This is the online account that you created in order to apply for a course at Goldsmiths.As part of the application, you'll be asked to answer three questions relevant to the award that you are applying for.For more information, please see the Banco Santander Scholarships page.

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The Goldsmiths' Company Postgraduate Bursaries - 4 Awards

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Students on taught postgraduate programmes (not including MA Filmmaking or PGCEs) starting October 2015. You must be: a UK student; new to postgraduate study; experiencing financial difficulties. You should also demonstrate academic potential and you must not be in receipt of any Goldsmiths, AHRC or ESRC funding.

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at upper least second class standard in a relevant/related subject. You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test).

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