Postgraduate Study

The University of Aberdeen offers two postgraduate degrees in Visual Culture: a taught MLitt and a PhD.

The MLitt in Visual Culture offers advanced training in the critical understanding of visual culture. The course invites students to engage with a wide range of material (including film, photography and digital media) and introduces students to the key ideas and debates which have shaped understanding of visual culture during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Two core courses provide a grounding in theoretical perspectives and critical skills. Optional modules allow students to explore visual culture in different historical and cultural contexts. The MLitt also includes a practice-based pathway. Core courses prepare students for their dissertation project, which allows for the sustained investigation of a topic identified by the student working in consultation with their supervisor. The course will be of interest to students with backgrounds including Film Studies, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, English, Modern Languages and Art History. It will also be of interest to those with a professional background in the visual arts and media.

Qualifications for entry: Candidates must normally possess a degree at 2.1 or above, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline.

MLitt in Visual Culture Curriculum

Stage 1: Autumn/Winter

Introduction to Visual Culture and Theory

Plus 30 credit points from the following options:

Introduction to Film Theory and Analysis

Panoptic Digital Culture**

Sound Theory in Cinema and New Media**

Cinema and Psychoanalysis*

Stage 2: Spring/Summer

Critical Analysis of Visual Culture (30 credit points)

Plus 30 credit points from the following options:

On Documentary: History, Theory and Practice*

Media Archaeologies*

The Animate*

Minor Cinemas**

Labour, Leisure and the Moving Image**

Diaspora and Migration in Contemporary Visual Culture

The Sacred, The Sublime and the Sexy

Diaspora and Migration in Contemporary Visual Culture

Special Subject by Research

Narratives and Images of Deep Time in Nineteenth-Century

Curating an Exhibition

* Available in alternate years beginning in 2015/16
** Available in alternate years beginning in 2016/17

Stage 3: Summer

Dissertation in Visual Culture

The PhD in Visual Culture¬†is a three-year degree. Applicants must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution. We invite potential candidates to explore the research interests of affiliated GWW staff members. We offer the option of co-supervision with a broad range of neighboring disciplines. Researchers may also wish to draw upon the library’s special collections.

To find out more about either of our postgraduate programmes, please contact us.



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