United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

Our Critical Methodologies MA is a unique interdisciplinary course focused on the study and applications of critical theory. Students get to explore some of the major modern schools of thought and contemporary theories and practices of interpretation, from Formalism and Structuralism through Barthes and textuality to queer theory, psychoanalysis and feminism, and materialist and postcolonial theories.

The course gives students the opportunity to follow their own interests from a wide range of optional modules across humanities and social sciences, all of which draw on the varied and lively research culture of King's in these fields.

Leads to careers in universities, the media, arts, teaching and journalism.

Key benefits:

  • Unique interdisciplinary course focused on the study and applications of critical theory.
  • Wide range of optional modules across humanities and social science disciplines.
  • Located in the heart of London.

Who should take this course

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in a humanities discipline. We may consider other qualifications if you can demonstrate relevant experience.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules:

You are required to take:

  • Research Methodology: Reading Practice/Reading Theory (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to take 80 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Cinema & the City (20 credits)
  • Text, Image, Object & Gesture in Twentieth- Century French Writing (20 credits)
  • The Moving Image in Art (20 credits)
  • Reconfiguring Film Theories & Philosophies: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (20 credits)
  • Biopower: The Fate of an Idea (20 credits)
  • Theorizing Literature across Cultures: Contemporary Debates (20 credits)
  • Culture, Dissent & the Arab Spring (20 credits)
  • Perversion: Theory, Literature, Film (20 credits)
  • Modernity & the City (20 credits)
  • Thinking Cinema: Theory, Philosophy, Ethics (20 credits)
  • On Speed: Accelerating Culture Since the 19th Century (20 credits)
  • Surrealism & Visuality (20 credits)Illness Narrative as Life Writing (20 credits)Experimental Film & Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Thinking the Contemporary: Fiction & Theory after 1999 (20 credits)
  • A language module from King's Modern Language Centre (20 credits) subject to approvals

If you are a part-time student, you will take Research Methodology: Reading Practice/Reading Theory, along with 40 credits of optional modules from the list above in your first year. In your second year you will take your dissertation module and a further 40 credits of optional modules. King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.