Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Social and Cultural Geography

This Master's degree in geography will give you a thorough understanding of contemporary approaches to critical social and cultural geography, engaging with questions of inequality, identity and belonging, power and dissent, culture and conflict, critical cartographies, the spatiality of social inequalities, and the representation and power of cultural landscapes. You will develop your knowledge in the fields of social and cultural geography and understand their relationship to the wider field of human geography. The compulsory modules explore cultural encounters, cultural change and conflict, and identity and power in the contemporary world, using case studies from the UK and internationally. You will acquire the conceptual ideas, theoretical approaches and analytical research skills needed to study geography at a postgraduate level. You can then choose 2 option modules from a wide variety of topics including anthropology, Geographic Information Systems, postcolonial studies and urbanisation. You will also learn research methods that will enable you to specialise and undertake the researching and writing of a dissertation on the subject that interests you most and to conduct independent research in both academic and non-academic contexts.

Course modules

You take 2 compulsory modules and 2 option modules from a wide range across the department and, with the agreement of the programme director(s), across the School. Part-time students take 2 compulsory modules in Year 1 and take 2 option modules and write their dissertation in Year 2. You also write a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choice, which will be supported with supervision and research methods training. Compulsory modules: Contesting Culture; Critical Social Geographies. Indicative option modules: Anthropology, Culture and Development; Cities and Urban Inequalities Level 7; Critical Geographies of Nature (15); Critical Geographies of Nature (30); GEDS Research Methods Training (accredited); Introduction to Geographic Information Systems; Material and Visual Cultures of Development; Politics and Islam; Theoretical Perspectives on Media. Dissertation: Dissertation Social and Cultural Geography.

Assessment methods

All assessment is by coursework. You also write a 15,000-word dissertation.

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. 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 October 2018 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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Department of Geography, Environment and Development
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