Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Cultural Enquiry

This programme offers the chance to research a diverse range of objects and themes from multidisciplinary perspectives. Working at the intersections of cultural studies, humanities and creative practice, the course asks you to consider where and how culture happens. With visits to cultural organisations, lectures from practitioners and a focus on practices of writing, curating and presentation, this MRes is ideal for students interested in taking an active role in cultural production and intellectual enquiry. The programme is taught by academics from across the School of Arts and is designed to prepare you to undertake MPhil or PhD study in arts and humanities, including practice-led approaches to research and development of approaches to cultural production beyond academia. Helping you to broaden your research methods and interests, whilst supporting you in the development of distinctive projects, this programme aims to foster and support the practice of research and writing in order to challenge divisions between theory and practice, criticality and creativity. The course aims to: Encourage multidisciplinary enquiry into, and engagement with, a diverse array of research objects. Develop your writing and other methods of cultural enquiry that will allow you to participate critically in the development of creative practice in and beyond academia. Develop curiosity in subjects and objects inside and outside of the traditional boundaries of arts scholarship. Foster a critical understanding of research practice and disciplinary discourses. Engage with the current and historic landscape of cultural practice and its institutional formations.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 or above at undergraduate honours degree level. In addition, prospective students will be asked to submit a 500-word outline of their current research interests and 1 example of written work. All candidates will be interviewed. 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 7.5, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing

Course modules

This course consists of 6 compulsory modules and a dissertation, taken full-time over 1 year or part-time over 2 years.
Compulsory modules:

Curating Film, Sharing Passions;
Lost in the Archive;
MRes Cultural Enquiry Research Method;
The Inside Out of Culture: Theories and Institutions;
Theory of Clouds;
Writing Not Writing .

MRes Cultural Enquiry dissertation.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by coursework essays, presentations and a dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,995 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 6,050 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MRes Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MRes Part-time October 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 Media and Cultural Studies
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6170