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Entry requirements

We are looking to attract applicants with a strong 2:1 or 1:0 undergraduate degree in an arts, humanities or social science subject and we expect the degree to have provided some foundation for theoretical and interdisciplinary considerations of culture and thought after 1945. 

We will also consider applications where exceptional circumstances or alternative routes to postgraduate study are outlined. International applicants are welcome.  For students for whom English is not their first language, our required English language qualifications are:

  • IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in Reading and Writing and no less than 6.0 in Listening and Speaking
  • PTE: 67, with a minimum of 61 in Reading and Writing and no less than 55 in Listening and Speaking
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with a minimum of 176 in Reading and Writing and no less than 169 in Listening and Speaking
  • TOEFL: 96, with a minimum of 23 in Reading and Writing and no less than 21 in Listening and Speaking
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all components

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How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application system. If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

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Supporting documents

You will need to submit the following supporting documents with your application.  Please note that you must submit TWO sample pieces of work, each approximately 3,000 words.  

  1. Details of one academic referee 
  2. Undergraduate degree certificates and formal transcripts, providing full details of the degree, classes, grades you have obtained and the units you have taken. Documents not in English should be accompanied by a formally certified translation into English. If you are still registered for, or are awaiting the result of, your undergraduate programme, please provide an interim transcript. Any offer you are made will be subject to completion of the programme concerned at a specified level.
  3. Two examples of your recent written work which demonstrate some links to the MA content and are at least 3,000 words in length but not significantly more. You may write something specifically for this application if you wish.
  4. A personal statement of approximately 1,000 words which should explain your interest in the MA, how your previous studies or current interests intersect with the programme, why you are attracted to an interdisciplinary programme and what you expect to gain from the course.

More guidance about providing and uploading supporting documents