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This unique and innovative MA is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to study at the intersection between culture and politics and who envisage a career in the arts and policy worlds, in government, industry or in academia. MA Cultural Politics offers a broad, accessible and interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary cultural politics. The programme addresses numerous central themes, ranging from culture to the politics of globalisation. It combines the key themes, developments and leading figures of classical and present day cultural and political theory.


Core modules: Cultural Politics: Theories, Cultural Politics: Practices.

Optional modules: Responsible Design, Visual Culture, Design Cultures, Contemporary Security Challenges, Public Policy and Democracy, Ethics & Politics of Migration, International Political Theory.

Career Opportunities

The MA Cultural Politics is good preparation for any role that requires an extra qualification as a mode of distinction involving research, media, culture, communication, and politics. Graduates pursue opportunities in research, media (journalism), cultural and public policy, marketing, political parties, international organisations, and institutions, business, education and (teaching). Graduates also go on to research degrees (PhD), at either the University of Southampton or elsewhere.

Learning & Assessment

Learning and teaching:

This MA offers students the benefits of being taught jointly by experts in creative and cultural contexts and Politics and International Relations. In this dynamic research environment, you will study the relations between culture, media, and politics, understanding how culture and media become related to political theory and practice, and how politics influences culture and media.

You will experience a directed and diverse mix of lectures and guided seminars during the first two semesters and then work over the summer on a self-directed dissertation.


Assessment is based on a mix of methods, including essays, exams, presentations, seminar research papers, and a dissertation.

Visit the MA Cultural Politics page on the University of Southampton website for more details!





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