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What makes Cultural Studies at Worcester special?

As a Cultural Studies MA student, you will explore an exciting range of themes that build on your existing cultural knowledge, experiences and background. These themes span a broad range, from sustainability rituals, to black identity politics, to the future of AI and geopolitical propaganda. We are committed to interrogating established frameworks of knowledge through our attempts to understand cultural sites, artefacts, values and practices and their representations. We also offer the chance to gain hands-on experience with the recovery and, digital transcription and editing of historical cultural texts such as magazines.

You will undertake a special study of evolving cultural forms, including fashion, food, music and (digital) futures, analysing the way in which values emerge and artefacts change in response to social and cultural pressures. We are specifically interested in representations of power and resistance as well as cultures of crisis, including climate, existential, financial and political. Students will be encouraged to develop new specialist interests and research skills in the context of inter- and multi-disciplinary Cultural Studies which will culminate in an independent dissertation. Your dissertation will allow you to specialise in a subject of your own choosing, and work with individual guidance from an academic expert to produce a piece of ambitious cultural research.

This taught postgraduate programme is particularly suitable for anyone with an undergraduate degree in one of the following: Media, Film, Sociology, Politics, or History.



Key features

  • Specialise in your chosen subject within the inter- and multidisciplinary environment of Cultural Studies
  • Study the complexity and evolution of cultural values, artefacts, rituals and practices
  • Learn to critically reflect upon and evaluate your own cultural background, norms and tastes
  • Debate the relationship between culture, power and representation
  • Examine the politics and cultural manifestations of resistance
  • Develop your research skills to postgraduate standard, equipping you for professional research or application for doctoral study
  • Gain relevant work experience while you study
  • Join the thriving research culture of the School of Humanities and gain experience presenting your work at a postgraduate conference
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

General admission requirements for entry to the programme are:

  • A good honours degree (2.2 or above) and a significant interest in education and/or equivalent professional qualifications, experience and evidence of continuing professional development
  • International students must hold a qualification equivalent to a UK first or second class honours degree

See Admissions Policy for other acceptable qualifications.

Other information

All International student for whom English is not their first language are required to achieve IELTS 6.5 or equivalency – with no less than 5.5 in any element.

Additional information can be found on our English Language requirements page.

Prospective graduation is in March.

Course content

Course content

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 


  • Research Approaches in the Humanities and Arts
  • Professional Development
  • Digital Editing Project
  • The New Humanities
  • Cultures of Change
  • Dissertation 
Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment


You will be taught through a combination of seminars, workshops, individual tuition, and online interaction.

All students take an introductory module on advanced concepts and relevant theories in the Humanities, which also provides a grounding in postgraduate research methods and skills.

In the 'Digital Editing Project' module all students also undertake a grounding in Digital Humanities methodologies, researching from databases and recovering and editing historical documents or cultural texts.

You will study a module on the interdisciplinary ‘New Humanities’, including environmental, medical, and scientific themes, which are relevant to cultural scholarship.

'The Cultures of Change' module dedicated to your main disciplinary focus of Cultural Studies, with close examination of four cultural sites: food, fashion, music and (digital) futures.

The 'Professional Development' module allows you to apply your academic skills in a practical work project, either on a university-based project, or with a relevant external organisation, such as a media company, local arts and culture provider or charity. Opportunities for work-based learning will be tailored to students’ longer-term plans and ambitions, for example, some students may choose to work on a creative industries networking event, while others may prefer to devise and run an academic conference.

The culmination of your Masters study is your specialist Dissertation. The taught modules will all help you to prepare for this by building your higher-level research skills and giving you opportunities to put them into practice. You will develop and expand your initial research plan in a workshop setting, in the light of peer and tutor feedback, and work towards the completion of your full Dissertation with the support of an individual advisor, who will be a research-active specialist in your subject.

Staff in the School of Humanities are recognised experts in a wide range of fields. You make all the key decisions relating to your Dissertation, including the subject matter, the intellectual approach, the argument and structure; you own the project from start to finish. You have a totally free choice of theme: the only limitation is that we must be able to provide an expert advisor to support you.

Contact time

In a typical week, a full-time student will have around 6 to 9 contact hours of teaching, and part-time student around 3 to 6 hours. The precise contact hours will depend on the timetabling of modules and is variable. For example, the "Research Approaches in the Humanities and Arts" module is taught in two intensive six-week blocks in semesters 1 and 2 and is therefore not always in session.

In semesters 1 and 2, full-time students will typically study three modules at a given time, and part-time students two modules. Students on both full-time and part-time routes will undertake the final dissertation over the ‘third semester’, between May and September. Regular campus-based and remote supervision will be available during this time.

Independent self-study

In addition to direct contact time, full-time students will be expected to undertake around 30 hours of personal self-study per week; for part-time students, the expectation is reduced in proportion to the amount of credit they are taking at a given time. Typically, this will involve guided reading and research, and/or writing; the Digital Editing Project and Professional Development modules will entail other forms of independent work, such as use of online databases and editing tools, and external liaison and networking respectively.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including The Hive university and public library, module Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), and digital learning resources.


  • Full-time: Around 13 months, from early September, to late September of the following year
  • Part-time: Around 23 months


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team who are fully research-active and contribute peer-reviewed research to the Research Excellence Framework in subjects such as English Literature, Media and Film, Sociology and History. Many of the School’s academic staff have international reputations in their specialist fields.

Over 90% of academic staff in the School of Humanities have a teaching qualification or full Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments, such as: essays, portfolios, presentations, and a major Dissertation project.

There are no formal timed examinations.

A typical assessment pattern for the course would be as follows:

Professional Development
  • Report
  • Portfolio
Digital Editing Project
  • Position paper
  • Digital project
Research Approaches in the Humanities and Arts
  • Presentation
  • Essay
The New Humanities
  • Portfolio
  • Conference paper
Cultures of Change
  • Portfolio of online discussion
  • Critical project
English Dissertation
  • Research proposal
  • Dissertation


You will receive detailed feedback on both formative and summative assessments. Feedback is intended to support learning, and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We will provide you with feedback on formal coursework assessments 20 working days after submission.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and how these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.



As a graduate of Masters programmes in Cultural Studies you can work in a wide variety of careers, including:

  • Media, including editing, production, copywriting, etc.
  • Journalism, including print, broadcast, and digital media
  • Teaching, at compulsory and post-compulsory levels
  • Arts administration
  • Charitable and voluntary sectors
  • Civil Service
  • Human Resources
  • Retail management
  • Doctoral research and academic careers
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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

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Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time home and EU students enrolling on MA/MSc/MBA/MRes courses in the academic year 2024/25 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on MA/MSc/MBA/MRes courses in the academic year 2024/25 is £17,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time home and EU students enrolling on MA/MSc/MBA/MRes/PGCert/PGDip courses in the academic year 2024/25 are £750 per 15-credit module, £1,500 per 30-credit module, £2,250 per 45-credit module, and £3,000 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fees for part-time international students enrolling on MA/MSc/MBA/MRes courses in the academic year 2024/25 are £1,450 per 15-credit module, £2,900 per 30-credit module, £4,350 per 45-credit module, and £5,800 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Chestnut Halls' at £131 per week to 'Oak Halls' at £221 per week (2024/25 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Postgraduate loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £11,836 if your course starts on or after 1 August 2022 per eligible student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For more details visit our postgraduate loans page.

How to apply

How to apply

Apply for enrolment

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or

International applicants

If you are an international student, please visit our international applicant pages.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact our international team via or +44 (0)1905 542640.

Please make your application via our online application form.


Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you ever step of the way.

Postgraduate Admissions Office

Dr Sharon Young

Course leader

Katy Wareham Morris

Admissions tutor