Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity

This programme explores debates on 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality. It explores connections between histories of empire and contemporary social formations and inequalities in the UK, and considers how local debates on 'race' and racism are shaped by the global geopolitics of the twenty-first century. The programme explores debates on empire and the formation of modern Britain and contemporary transnational political communities, social identities and urban cultures. The MA aims to draw connections between interlocking colonial histories across the globe and our ordinary, local, everyday life here in contemporary Britain. The programme focuses on subjects such as histories of colonisation, systems of slavery, the concept of 'race' and the invention of 'the West'; colonial cultures, class, nationalisms, 'respectability' and the invention of 'whiteness'; histories of criminalisation and imprisonment; human rights; 'the war on terror'; diaspora, place and belonging; psychoanalysis and 'race', 'hybridity', 'mixedness', 'whiteness', 'race' and 'beauty' and 'race', gender, sexuality and desire. It offers the opportunity to study a wide range of different subjects in this broad multidisciplinary area.

Entry requirements

MA: Good degree in social sciences or humanities. Recent professional qualifications, relevant work/practical experience, or a lively interest in the subject area will also be considered. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip: One 4000-word essay per core module. Assessment for option modules varies. MA: One 4000-word essay per core module and a 10,000-12,000-word dissertation. Assessment for option modules varies.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 8,175 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 8,175 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 8,175 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 8,175 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,175 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,175 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,175 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,175 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2018 5,450 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2018 9,925 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,450 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 9,925 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 4,950 per Year 1 (International) 9 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 2,725 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 9 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 4,950 per Year 1 (International) 9 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,725 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 9 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Telephone number: 
02030738045