Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Cultural and Critical Studies

This degree explores critical and cultural debates across disciplines in the arts and humanities, offering you the chance to examine work in a diversity of media, including print culture, painting, film, new media and popular culture. It combines a thorough exposure to contemporary critical methods and debates with a diverse range of advanced study options. In consultation with tutors, you will be able to build a dynamic programme of study that allows you to follow themes and issues across different disciplines, and develop your interests accordingly.

Course modules

The programme starts with a 2-term core course that explores key concepts. This is followed by a choice of 2 option modules and a 15,000-word dissertation. Option modules cover a range of themes and disciplines and are not restricted to a particular historical period or national culture. Your dissertation is due in mid-September. To find out more, read our programme handbook. Core module: Key Concepts in Cultural and Critical Studies: Part 1; Key Concepts in Cultural and Critical Studies: Part 2 . Option modules: A Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing; Contemporary British Poetry; Memory Trauma and Cultural Identity; Nostalgia and the Heritage Industry; Postcolonialism: In Theory; Reading Time in the Twentieth Century; The Book Unbound; Theory of Clouds; Twenty-First Century Feminist Fiction and the World in Crisis; Visual Culture: Power and the Image; Voiceworks: Collaborative Song Project . MA Cultural and Critical Studies dissertation.

Assessment methods

A critical bibliography, essays and a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 8,175 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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Department of English and Humanities
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