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MA Cultural Politics

Course Description


The MA in Cultural Politics is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to study at the intersection between the creative and professional cultural industries and who envisage a career in the arts and policy worlds, in government, industry or in academia.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for MA Cultural Politics at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Cultural Politics and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MA Cultural Politics.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

This MA programme offers a broad and accessible interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary cultural politics. Students are introduced to a variety of cultural perspectives and political traditions in addition to the creative interface between these disciplines. Gradually addressing numerous central themes, ranging from mass media culture to the politics of globalization, the MA in Cultural Politics combines the essential themes and leading figures of classical and present-day cultural and political studies along with the latest developments in cultural and political theory.

The MA in Cultural Politics is studied over one year, full-time, and comprises a mix of core and option modules.

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!

Entry Requirements

The selection process for the MA Cultural Politics is based on students having a good honours degree in a relevant art, humanities or social sciences subject (2.1 or above).

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