Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Cultural and Critical Studies

This 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.

Entry requirements

Students should have a good Honours degree, 2nd 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. 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 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

The programme starts with a 2-term core course that explores key concepts. This is followed by a choice of 2 option modules and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Option modules cover a range of themes and disciplines and are not restricted to a particular historical period or national culture.

Your dissertation is due in mid-September.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.
Core module:

Key Concepts in Cultural and Critical Studies: Part 1;
Key Concepts in Cultural and Critical Studies: Part 2 .

Option modules:

A Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing;
Contemporary British Poetry;
Memory Trauma and Cultural Identity;
Nostalgia and the Heritage Industry;
Postcolonialism: In Theory;
Reading Time in the Twentieth Century;
The Book Unbound;
Theory of Clouds;
Twenty-First Century Feminist Fiction and the World in Crisis;
Visual Culture: Power and the Image;
Voiceworks: Collaborative Song Project .

MA Cultural and Critical Studies dissertation.

Assessment methods

A critical bibliography, essays and a dissertation of 15,000 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. The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Full-time September 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of English and Humanities
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8376