Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Cultural and Critical Studies

This interdisciplinary Master's 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. **HIGHLIGHTS** - Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. - Birkbeck is located in the heart of literary London, in Bloomsbury, WC1. You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group, now home to our School of Arts. The building houses our own creative hub which includes the Peltz Gallery, the Gordon Square Cinema and a theatre and performance space. - The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students. - The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year's free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Entry requirements

MA: Students should have a good honours degree, second class or above, in a relevant subject: English, history, philosophy, visual culture, media studies, or an interdisciplinary programme with a strong humanities or arts component. We also welcome applicants with non-traditional qualifications and/or other kinds of experience or professional training. Your suitability will be assessed at interview.

Course modules

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

Assessment methods

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

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years

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 English and Humanities
Telephone number: 
02030738376