Graduate Diploma in Cultural Studies

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Cultural Studies investigates the changing meanings of culture in our everyday world. It explores the studying of culture not as a monolithic, self-evident construct, but as a constantly shifting field through which life is experienced and negotiated. You will gain insight into the ideologically charged meanings of identity, self-expression and embodiment.

Our Cultural Studies program allows you to engage critically with culture in its manifest expressions. Using real-world examples across the topics of popular culture, media, gender, sexuality, globalisation and consumer culture, you will analyse cultural forms and debate their significance in relation to given contexts.

Cultural Studies will lead you to question identity, community, representation, power, values and the practice of everyday life. The course draws on diverse critical perspectives as you gain the theoretical tools to understand how culture is produced, circulated and lived.

Our program is the only specialist Cultural Studies masters program in Australia. Housed in the internationally recognised Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, a leading centre for research into gender and culture, you will critically engage in a dynamic postgraduate community and learn under the guidance of esteemed researchers in the field, including Professor Meaghan Morris, who is Director of the program. An optional cultural studies internship also gives you the opportunity to undertake cultural research in a business, government or non-governmental body, enhancing your appreciation of applied cultural work.

The Graduate Diploma in Cultural Studies assumes no background in the field; however those familiar with the discipline are also welcome to extend their knowledge.

Understanding cultural processes is key in many fields of work, and will enhance any career involving culture. Our graduates have taken up positions in government and community sectors through to the arts, education and communication industries. The program also provides postgraduate research pathways for students undertaking the optional dissertation component who achieve a distinction average or higher.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Further course information

Study plan

The Graduate Diploma in Cultural Studies requires the satisfactory completion of 6 units of study (36 credit points) (cp) including 1 core unit of study (6cp), GCST6903 Debates in Cultural Studies, plus 3 units of study (18cp) from a designated selection of core electives, and a further 2 units of study (12cp) of electives.

Graduate opportunities

Understanding cultural processes is key in many fields of work, from government and community sectors through to the arts, education and communication industries. One of the study options is an internship that enables students to undertake a research project with a relevant organisation upon departmental approval.

Students who complete the dissertation component at Distinction level or above will be eligible to apply for a research degree.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Cultural Studies requires:

(a) a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney with a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree, including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Note: International students are required to enrol on a full-time basis.

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