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 Graduate Certificate in Psychosocial Studies 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). The programme will advance your study skills and provide you with the intellectual and academic foundations for postgraduate programmes in psychosocial studies. The programme will give you access to the exciting emergent new interdisciplinary field of psychosocial studies and offers a pathway to further study: courses run by the Department of Psychosocial Studies, specifically the MA Psychosocial Studies, MA Psychoanalytic Studies and MA Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity. Students on the Graduate Certificate will also be invited to our many extra-curricula events in the department, which include guest speakers, masterclasses and film events.

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

The programme consists of two 30-credit modules. Core modules: Introduction to psychoanalysis; social theory and sociology.

Assessment methods

One 3000-word essay per core module.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2018 - 7 Months

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