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MA Cultural History

Course Description

This innovative, interdisciplinary MA Cultural History programme of study explores aspects of modern and contemporary history through different cultural forms including art, literature, music, dance and film. The purpose of the MA is to ground and enhance your knowledge of Cultural History. We define this concept broadly to mean studying peoples, places and ideas, as well as cultural forms (e.g. visual culture, literature, popular music, film and television). Students will take a core module that analyses modern British cultural history then select modules that reflect our team’s research specialisms.

Visit the website: http://www.chi.ac.uk/ma-cultural-history

Course detail

There are two routes through the MA degree:

Route A: privileges the needs of distance learners and more research-focused students. These will take the taught compulsory module ‘Cultural History’ and then gain credit through three pieces of taught research (a) literature review and proposal (b) investigative essay (c) long MA dissertation.

Route B: offers greater face-to-face contact. Here students take two taught courses per semester. These provide students the chance to gain new knowledge and to explore subjects at the depth required of postgraduates. On completing 120 taught credits the student then takes a dissertation to gain the MA Award.


Indicative modules:

- British Cultural History (compulsory)
- The Aftermath of War: Society, Politics, Commemoration & Heritage
- French Cultural History: From a Literary to a Visual Cultural History
- Cultural History: Philosophies, Approaches & Research Strategies
- Making Documentary Film

Work placements

We have recently teamed-up with new partners The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Pallant House Gallery, and the Otter Gallery, who will offer you unique access to important archives and galleries. You will have the opportunity to work with our partners to expand you knowledge alongside these popular institutions – which are all based within just a few miles of our University.

Career prospects

The purpose of this MA is to ground and enhance your knowledge of Cultural History. You will study peoples, places and ideas, as well as exploring the meaning of cultural forms, including fine art, architecture, comics, television, cinema and graphic novels. As such, on graduating, you will have an extensive knowledge of these forms, opening doorways to a possible career in such areas as television, fine art, and architecture.

How to apply:


Funding for postgraduate students:

For information on funding and scholarships, please visit: http://www.chi.ac.uk/study-us/fees-finance/funding-and-money-advice-0/funding-postgraduate-students

Our facilities

Bishop Otter campus – where you will be based:

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.

Our Learning Resource Centre is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources. It also offers:

- 130 open access PC workstations
- 45 Apple iMacs
- Ample printing facilities
- Netbooks available on loan
- Professional editing suites
- Media loans counter
- Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Bognor Regis campus:

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. Just like Bishop Otter campus, we offer thousands of collections of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research.

Our brand new, award-winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus. It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors. Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations. An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Visit the MA Cultural History page on the University of Chichester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will hold a First Class or Upper Second Class Bachelor's degree in a relevant humanities or social science discipline. Students with a Lower Second Class Bachelor’s degree or with qualifications in non-related disciplines may be offered a place at the Programme Co-ordinator’s discretion.

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