Popular Literature and Culture

Postgraduate degree

Popular Literature and Culture

An engaging programme of study that seeks to understand the ways in which political, economic, and cultural forces have shaped, and been shaped by, popular culture.

Start Date:

September 2022


1 year full time
2 years part time

Degree Type:


Number of credits:

PGCert 60
PGDip 120
MA 180



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Course and Module Details


Our MA Popular Literature and Culture will allow you to understand the ways in which political, economic, and cultural forces shape, and are in turn shaped by, popular culture. You will learn why particular works of popular culture become popular in any given contextual moment.

This MA is the first in the country to take a period-based, interdisciplinary approach to popular literary and cultural forms. The programme spans a number of diverse disciplines such as English literature, cultural studies, film and television studies, race studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, environmental studies, and philosophy, delving into different time periods and exploring thematic topics within them.

The programme encompasses multiple periods of popular culture, and you will be taught by staff from across the disciplines, whose expertise lies not only in the form being taught but also the textual culture of that specific period. All of the staff members who will teach you are active researchers in their field and will use that research to inform their teaching, offering you innovative modules that are fresh, exciting, and contemporary.

You will also benefit from specialist masterclasses with authors of popular fiction - such as Anthony Horowitz, one of our Honorary Professors - and you will be welcomed into a thriving and social academic community at Roehampton, home to the International Journal of James Bond Studies and the Popular Literature and Culture Research Centre.

Course content

You will take the core module Reading Popular Culture, which will give you insight into the critical development of the concept of "the popular" as a theoretical field.

Across the programme, you will have the opportunity to examine the relationship between different forms of media, text, and popular culture from a number of periods. You will explore the role and responsibilities of popular culture within society, as well as its relationship to environmental and ecological discourses and to discourses of race, gender, and sexuality.



Indicative Timetable

Weekday evening teaching only.

Career Options

The skills and knowledge gained on this degree are transferable to a wide array of professional sectors as well as any organisation requiring critical thinking, writing and copywriting skills, editing skills, and pop culture and media culture knowledge. Employers will benefit from our students' expertise and their skills in team work, oral and AV presentations, and project management.

Students on this MA can go on to work in editing, copywriting, publishing, culture and arts management, bookselling, marketing, media, advertisement, journalism, and teaching (with the addition of a teaching qualification), to name a few.

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

You can apply to us now for any postgraduate degree starting in 2021.

All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

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Postgraduate application process FAQs


To apply, you need to complete our online application form.

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You can find more information on our postgraduate home and postgraduate international financial support pages. There are also other sources of external funding for international students available.

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More Information

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Our Research

To read about the research carried out by academics within Roehampton's English and Creative team, please visit the School of Humanities and Social Sciences's departmental research pages.

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