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BA (Hons) Cultural Studies

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East Coast College (Lowestoft)


Three years full-time.

Six years part-time.

Next intake is September 2023

Typical Offer: 

96 UCAS tariff points (or above)
CCC (A-Level), MMM (BTEC).




The BA (Hons) Cultural Studies will help students understand the past, shape the present and imagine the future of cultural life. The course offers a flexible route within higher education for people with varying levels of experience and will enable you to develop your skills of writing, analysis, critical thinking, presentation and teamwork and apply them to contemporary issues and problems in the real world. You will be assessed by a variety of coursework assignments. You will be fully supported and it is that support that makes University of Suffolk at East Coast College an excellent choice; you will be treated as an individual and given one to one support wherever possible. The programme is comprised of the core subjects of English Literature, European History, the Arts, and Cultural Studies. Students who choose this degree will undertake an exciting and stimulating programme that offers a unique opportunity to learn about the histories, art, cultures and literatures of the historical and contemporary world. Although we have research skills and study skills at level 4 and 5, throughout the course we will emphasise the transferable skills the course will develop; it will equip you to better understand the world we live in and give you the capacity to apply your knowledge and skills in new contexts in everyday life. You will develop your ability to think in different ways and acquire valuable intellectual skills, preparing you for careers in our ever-changing society.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Academic Study Skills (Requisite)

The aim of the module is to introduce students to academic study skills. This module will equip students with the skills required for academic study at undergraduate level 4.

Research Methods in the Arts (Requisite)

This module examines the theories and methods associated with qualitative and quantitative research, and how they are applied within the arts.

Historical & Contextual Studies (Requisite)

The Historical & Contextual Studies module introduces to the student the importance of contemporary art and design from the mid-19th century to the present day and its role in cultural production and reproduction.

Industrialisation and Literature (Requisite)

The modernization of the cities in England and Europe brought about tremendous impacts, not only at the social, economic, and political level but also on literary work. The Industrial revolution brought major changes in the literary works, particularly in terms of themes and representations of cultural life.

Modernity Development and Structures (Requisite)

This module is designed to introduce key themes in British and European History, concentrating principally on the key developments responsible for the creation of Europe as a distinct social and cultural region

Cinema and Popular Culture (Requisite)

In the relatively short time since their invention at the end of the nineteenth century, movies have rapidly evolved into the most dominant visual form of modern popular culture worldwide. This module will analyse the development and impact of film and cinema.

Academic & Employability Skills (Mandatory)

The aim of the module is to further develop academic and employability skills in order to support students’ undergraduate and professional studies.

Research Practice in the Arts (Mandatory)

The module will enable students to extend their grasp of qualitative and quantitative methods. The module will develop their critical understanding of research.

Fashion in Society (Mandatory)

You will focus on ways in which different social, and cultural groups construct and project their identities through their dress, considering dress in broader design, historical and visual culture contexts.

Science in Literature (Mandatory)

Science fiction is often about imagining alternative possibilities as well as technological ones. This module will explore science fiction as ways of exploring literature and as a lens for society and the development of popular culture.

Social Policy and Social Change (Mandatory)

The module surveys and analyses some of the main developments in world affairs from the end of the Second World War to the end of the Cold War in relation to social and cultural change.

Music and Youth Culture (Mandatory)

Music is considered by many to be the highest form of art and culture. Music is also considered by many to epitomise their values and tastes, as well as those of other people. This module will analyse the links between music and youth sub-cultures.

Contemporary Design (Mandatory)

This module explores the ways in which contemporary context and theory inform art and design. It will discuss the ways in which artists and designers engage with ideas in contemporary society as agents of cultural development and redevelopment.

Postcolonial Literature (Mandatory)

Literature often addresses the problems and consequences of decolonization and cultural imperialism, especially questions relating to the political and cultural independence of formerly subjugated people, and themes such as racism, colonialism. the developing world and globalisation.

Social and Cultural Futures (Mandatory)

The module content will examine key selected themes in the culture and society of contemporary Europe, particularly in relation to the social and cultural impacts of globalisation on the production of history.

Digital Culture and New Media (Mandatory)

New Media and Digital Culture offers a comprehensive and critical approach to new media practices and theory. The module is dedicated to the study of the cultural transformations brought about by digital culture.

Dissertation (Mandatory)

Students will select a topic in consultation with tutors, define the parameters of their chosen project, select appropriate research methods, and undertake independent research to produce a dissertation which contributes to knowledge-production in the area of the arts and culture.

Career opportunities

With its interdisciplinary content, it could open career opportunities in education, heritage and tourism professions, national and international voluntary and campaigning organisations, the media, public relations, public service organisations and government (national and local), marketing and journalism.

Fees and finance


  • UK full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
  • UK part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information)
  • Full-time International tuition fee: £12,996 p.a


  • UK full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
  • UK part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information)
  • International full-time tuition fee:  £13,992 p.a

Further Information                                                       

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

* 2023-24 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.

Entry requirements

Facilities and Resources

University of Suffolk East Coast College also has a wide range of academic resources relevant to your studies. Students will also have access to electronic and print learning resources via University of Suffolk and other network partners.