Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity

This interdisciplinary programme stretches across the social sciences and arts and humanities and explores: - debates on 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality; empire and the formation of modern Britain and contemporary transnational political communities, social identities and urban cultures - the connections between histories of colonisation and contemporary social formations and inequalities in the UK - how local debates on 'race' and racism are shaped by the global geopolitics of the twenty-first century. The programme explores connections between interlocking colonial histories across the globe and our ordinary, local, everyday life here in contemporary Britain. It focuses on a broad range of subjects such as histories of colonisation, systems of slavery, the concept of 'race' and the invention of 'the West'; colonial cultures, nationalisms, 'respectability' and the invention of 'whiteness'; racial theory and histories of criminalisation; histories of anti-racist and anti-fascist resistance; postcoloniality; theorising culture, community, hybridity and creolisation; postcolonial belonging, place, urban cultures and diaspora; 'race' and 'beauty'; contemporary racial nationalisms, religious revivalisms and 'the war on terror'; 'whiteness' and 'race', gender, sexuality and desire. **HIGHLIGHTS** - This interdisciplinary postgraduate programme is designed for students from all backgrounds to pursue their own particular interests. It draws from postcolonial sociology and anthropology, history, cultural, urban, literary studies and psychosocial studies, philosophy and law and introduces you to different historical and political debates and theoretical perspectives in the broad multidisciplinary area of 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality. - Through our formal link with the University of Sa~o Paulo, Brazil, you can undertake an option module at the University of Sa~o Paulo as part of your programme of study at Birkbeck. - You will become part of a vibrant, stimulating and diverse intellectual environment, with access to our Race Forum, research centres including the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck Law School Centre for Law and the Humanities and the Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice, and reading groups such as the Postcolonial Studies Reading Group. - Birkbeck Library has an extensive teaching collection of books, journals and learning resources in sociology, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, psychosocial studies and related disciplines. You will also be able to use the rich research resources nearby including Senate House Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (the LSE Library), the SOAS Library and the British Library. - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.

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.

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 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 10,150 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 10,150 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 5,075 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years

Campus details

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

Get in touch

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Telephone number: 
02030738045