Skip to main content

Postgraduate taught

MA Society and Culture: Arts, Media and Consumption

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2020

Dr Christopher Thorpe
Web: Enquire online 
0300 555 6060 (UK)  
+44 (0)1392 723192 (non-UK)

Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree

View full entry requirements

Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Sociology


  • You will acquire a broad, general knowledge of current debates within both sociology and anthropology at the same time as developing specialist knowledge of the key social and cultural dynamics shaping a range of cultural media, pursuits and practices
  • We will train you to identify and analyse a wide range of social processes and dynamics as they relate to the production, distribution and consumption of ‘mass’, ‘popular’ and ‘high-brow’ cultural forms and artefacts and to think critically about the modes by which they are evaluated and understood
  • You will be equipped with both traditional and cutting-edge research tools used for studying the relationship between culture, society and everyday life
  • Join a truly multicultural and culturally enriching environment, comprising of students from all three disciplines in the department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology
  • You will develop a wide range of key transferrable skills that are highly valued by employers within a range of professions

Apply online

Fast Track (current Exeter students)

Open days and visiting us

Get a prospectus

Ranked 9th in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework when intensity (100%) and 4* and 3* grades are taken into account

Top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

Top 10 in the Guardian League Table 2020


Entry requirements

We are looking for graduates with a 2:1 or above in a relevant subject area (Social Sciences or Humanities degree). While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

Taking an interdisciplinary perspective on some of the biggest issues and questions related to the study of culture and society, this degree provides training in the analysis of a wide range of cultural forms, practices and media, reflecting critically on the modes by which they are produced, evaluated and consumed.

You will examine culture and society and their relationship with power, agency, human senses and aesthetics. 

Our programmes have been planned, organised and are delivered in a way oriented towards tapping into and addressing points of overlap and divergence between different disciplinary perspectives. These perspectives are explored, explained and made relevant to the material covered.

The core module in social theory is concerned in the broadest sense with the distinctiveness, or not, of human life and experience in late modern society. More specifically, social theory can be understood as a series of intellectual formulations concerned to respond to a range of questions:

  • How does the structure and organisation of society shape how individuals think and (inter-)act?
  • What does it mean to say that social order is achieved and how does this occur?
  • How and in what ways are our identities and actions enabled and constrained by social structures?

We’ll introduce you to a range of central themes and issues that both classical and contemporary social theorists have addressed in their work equipping you with a broad range of conceptual tools with which to understand and research the social world.

You’ll also chose from a range of optional modules covering fields such as research methods, gender at work, health and wellbeing, data visualisation and philosophy of science.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Teaching and research

Teaching and research

The department is home to a number of leading figures in the subject areas covered by our MA Society and Culture: Arts, Media and Consumption. Giving students the opportunity to be taught by and learn from some of the most esteemed and respected scholars in their respective fields.

Many of the modules offered on the MA Society and Culture: Arts, Media and Consumption are taught by members of staff who are actively engaged in research within their specialist areas. Very often, this means that students are typically taught using journal articles, monographs and textbooks, written by the course leader. Not only does this mean they have direct access to the authors whose work they are reading and engaged with, but that the opportunity to discuss the ideas and themes directly both in seminars and a range of more informal settings.

Teaching takes place over the first two terms, leaving the third for your dissertation. Research-centred teaching is at the heart of the programme. Teaching is done in small seminar groups to allow students the best possible interaction with academic staff, through individual presentations and round table discussions of common readings.

Students have the opportunity to engage in a serious piece of research into a topic of their choosing through the dissertation module. You will be assessed through coursework which will vary depending on the modules you choose and the completion of a dissertation.

Read more


UK/EU fees per year:

£8,750 full-time; £4,375 part-time

International fees per year:

£18,500 full-time

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.



Employer-valued skills

In addition to the specialist knowledge you will gain during your programme, you will also develop transferrable skills valued by employers such as: 

  • Researching, analysing and assessing sources of information
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Managing and interpreting information
  • Developing ideas and arguments

Career support

The College's Employability Officer works with our central Career Zone team to give you access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training, as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.