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Immerse yourself within London heritage sites as you explore the connections between historic literature and its social, political and cultural meanings.

  • Opportunities to enhance your employability by participating in public engagement initiatives with local creative partners.
  • Modules take advantage of local literary and theatrical heritage sites, to give you an immersive and geographically-distinct learning experience.

Why study Literature, Culture and Society?

A Master's degree in Literature, Culture and Society will give you an interdisciplinary understanding of literature and related representational forms. You'll interrogate the intricate marriage between literary, theatrical, artistic, and curatorial representations, and their social, political and cultural backdrops

Throughout the degree you'll explore the interconnections between representations and contexts from a range of diverse perspectives. This includes concepts such as:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Nationhood
  • Place

The degree focusses on the composition and reception of diverse narrative forms, including:

  • Novels
  • Poetry
  • Theatre
  • Political satire
  • Comic strips
  • Historical fiction
  • Museum exhibitions

You'll explore the motivation behind the original narrative formation, and how it may be re-appropriated by new readers and audiences when viewed through an alternative cultural lens.

The cross-disciplinary approach of the course means that graduates from across the humanities, especially English, History and Liberal Arts, would be well suited to study the degree.

Why St Mary's?

You'll benefit from the wealth of prominent heritage sites local to us, including Hampton Court Palace and Strawberry Hill House, the latter of which is located on our West London campus. You'll have the opportunity to engage with archives and artefacts at these sites.

Lectures are taught at Strawberry Hill House, which means you'll be immersed in local heritage throughout your degree and gives you the opportunity to engage academically and creatively with the narratives you encounter.

Throughout the degree you'll interact with a wide selection of literary and cultural movements and be introduced to a range of key disciplinary methodologies.

You'll then draw on the tools acquired across the course to conduct a rigorous and in-depth research project. This will take the form of either a dissertation, or a creative, work-based project completed in collaboration with a local heritage partner. 

Please note: Literature, Culture and Society is subject to validation.

Upcoming open days and webinars

We'll be running events for you to find out more about Literature, Culture and Society MA PGDip PGCert on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 15th June 2022, 5pm

Course lead

Dr Stewart McCain headshotDr Stewart McCain
Programme Director - History

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

Applicants are required to have achieved a least a 2:2 first degree in a English Literature or a related subject.

Professional experience of working with cultural heritage sites will also be considered.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Course content


  •  Core
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  •  Core Option 1
  •  Core Option 1
  •  Core Option 2
  •  Core Option 2

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

Our Master's degree in Literature, Culture and Society offers you the chance to get involved with public engagement initiatives with Strawberry Hill House and other local heritage partners, enabling you to gain vocational skills while also bolstering your academic qualifications.

Creative assessment methods (ranging from presentations, collaborative projects and digital tasks) will foster in you transferrable skills including:

  • Public speaking
  • Teamwork
  • Project management
  • IT competency

You'll also benefit from the opportunity to attend talks from professionals working in a range of creative industries.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

Literature, Culture and Society jobs

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Literature, Culture and Society include:

  • Cultural Heritage sector
  • Creative industries
  • Community engagement
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Academia
  • Journalism
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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught at Strawberry Hill House, which is based at our beautiful and historic campus in Twickenham, London.

Teaching takes place in interactive face-to-face seminars, with two on-campus sessions per week.

You'll be assessed through essays and portfolios as well as your final dissertation or creative work-based project.

Assessment methods

There are no exams as part of this degree, with all modules being assessed via either written or practical coursework. 

Modes of study

Whilst most students study all the modules required to graduate with the award of a Master's degree, you can also study fewer modules to complete a Postgraduate Certificate of Diploma.

The PGCert and PGDip routes can be popular for those in work looking for continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

September 2022

  • Home: coming soon
  • International: £14,550

The tuition fees listed are for the duration of the course. Students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree. Please see clause 5.15.2 of the Tuition Fee Regulations for further information.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many Home postgraduate students.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about the government-funded loans, please check out Fees and Funding section.

Home and International students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. Please check our alternative postgraduate funding for more information about external scholarships and grants for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please submit and enquiry.

Teaching staff

Meet the team

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Dr Kim Salmons (Associate Professor Humanities and Liberal Arts)

Dr Kim Salmons

I think all lecturers look forward to seeing their students celebrate their amazing achievement. It’s wonderful to see the students’ hard work pay off and gives lecturers a huge sense of satisfaction.

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Further information

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