Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Psychosocial Studies

This programme introduces you to substantial strands of psychosocial theory: theory that proposes different ways of understanding the interrelationship between the development of subjectivity and identity, and historical and contemporary social and political formations. The focus is on psychoanalysis and social theory. The programme prepares you to identify and analyse a range of psychosocial phenomena (such as violence, war, trauma, terrorism, intimacies, communities, care, human rights, agency, resistance, and personal and social transformations). It will advance your study skills and provide you with the intellectual and academic foundations for further postgraduate programmes in psychosocial studies. This is an undergraduate-level qualification that will prepare you for postgraduate study. Graduate Certificates/Diplomas typically take one to two years to complete and are made up of two, three or four modules at final-year undergraduate degree level (worth 60, 90 or 120 credits). Highlights - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK. - Birkbeck has three research institutes of relevance to students on this programme: Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and Birkbeck Institute of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Each organises regular talks and masterclasses, which our students can attend.

Entry requirements

Graduate Certificate: 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.

Course modules

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

Assessment methods

One 3000-word essay per core module.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 5,075 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years

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Department of Psychosocial Studies
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02030738045