Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Psychosocial Studies

This programme is designed for graduates from a wide range of backgrounds, who are looking to develop an in-depth understanding of the relation between individual subjectivities and identities, and historical and contemporary social and political formations.

Entry requirements

Minimum second-class honours degree or its equivalent in a discipline relevant to psychosocial studies, which includes most humanities and social science disciplines (such as psychology, sociology, politics, history, cultural studies). In exceptional circumstances, the admissions tutor will consider applicants who have substantial professional experience (for example, teaching, social work, counselling and psychotherapy, mediation, development work, arts and cultural industries) without a first degree, and who can demonstrate through interview and a written assignment that they have the required academic abilities to complete a Master's-level course. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

Core modules: Texts and interpretation; theories and sites of the psychosocial. Indicative psychosocial option modules: Culture, community, identity; Freud in the world: psychoanalysis, literary writing and the legacies of history; psychoanalysis and culture; visual culture: power and the image. Indicative College-wide option modules: A confusion of tongues: illness, language, writing; degeneration: science, culture and social prophecy 1850-1945; disciplining sex: sexuality, society and nineteenth-century literary culture; fascism and psychoanalysis; gender in Britain; language matters; madness and its meanings; masculinities/femininities; mind, body and self in the Victorian age; queer histories/queer cultures; queer theory; why war? history, psychoanalysis and politics, c 1900-1950. Independent research module: Independent research module

Assessment methods

Written and practical assignments, oral presentations and a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 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. 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 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 3,975 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 Psychosocial Studies
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