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Course content

Why choose this course?

This innovative course introduces you to advanced level study of the various aspects of popular culture; principally that produced and consumed in Britain since the late nineteenth century

The programme consists of a broad range of modules from a number of academic disciplines, including History, English, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Religious Studies, and Film Studies

All modules are taught by experts in their respective fields, and informed by research at the forefront of the various disciplines. For your own independent research into popular culture, we can also offer supervision in a wide range of areas and approaches

You will experience a variety of teaching methods with a high level of input from students on the course. Assessment is largely by coursework, essays and presentations

What happens on the course?

Typical modules may include:

  • Theories and Concepts for the Analysis of Popular Culture
  • Popular Consumerism in Britain 1850-1939
  • Youth Subcultures and National Identity in Post-war England
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • The Sacred and the Profane in Popular Culture
  • Crime of the Century - Murders and the Media
  • Fads and Fame: the Industrialisation of Culture
  • Screening Horror: Trauma, Fear and Fantasy in Film
  • Independent Study project.

Why Wolverhampton?

This is the only postgraduate course on Popular Culture in the UK, and the only one in the world to focus principally on the British experience, either as consumers of international culture, or through Britain’s unique contribution to youth and pop culture.

Career path

  • Successful completion of the programme will enhance your career prospects, whether studied at PGCert, PGDip or MA level
  • Skills and knowledge gained will be particularly relevant to archivists and curators, researchers, writers and journalists, librarians, and teachers of popular culture
  • The programme will equip you with the theory, methodology and appropriate critical discourse required for postgraduate work
  • It will encourage the development of more general personal and academic competencies, such as those required for effective information handling, analysis and presentation of findings, and offers a sound basis for further doctoral research

What skills will you gain?

You will bring to your studies a rich and individual experience in the consumption, interpretation, dissemination and – perhaps – the production of popular culture. On the course you will encounter many more varieties of cultural experience, and you will study theories and approaches with which you can make a different kind of sense out of them. On this programme, more than most, where you are when you end the course will depend on what you bring to it, and what you choose to take from it. But you will inevitably encounter materials and analytical methodologies you have not previously had experience of, and you will be given a valuable opportunity to discover and experiment with alternative approaches to the field of popular culture.


Visit the MA Popular Culture page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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