Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity

This multidisciplinary Master's programme explores debates on 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality. It explores connections between histories of empire and contemporary social formations and inequalities in the UK, and considers how local debates on 'race' and racism are shaped by the global geopolitics of the twenty-first century. The programme explores debates on empire and the formation of modern Britain and contemporary transnational political communities, social identities and urban cultures. The MA aims to draw connections between interlocking colonial histories across the globe and our ordinary, local, everyday life here in contemporary Britain. The programme focuses on subjects such as histories of colonisation, systems of slavery, the concept of 'race' and the invention of 'the West'; colonial cultures, class, nationalisms, 'respectability' and the invention of 'whiteness'; histories of criminalisation and imprisonment; human rights; 'the war on terror'; diaspora, place and belonging; psychoanalysis and 'race', 'hybridity', 'mixedness', 'whiteness', 'race' and 'beauty' and 'race', gender, sexuality and desire. It offers the opportunity to study a wide range of different subjects in this broad multidisciplinary area. The MA is convened by academics who have interests in racialisation, postcoloniality, urban multiculture and psychoanalysis. You can also choose from a range of option modules convened by other academics in other departments across the College. This innovative, interdisciplinary postgraduate programme will be of interest to those who want to develop careers in social research, education, law, journalism, youth and community work, urban planning, housing, politics, the arts and cultural industries, health and social care, and numerous other areas. It will also be of interest to those who wish to pursue an academic career in sociology, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, urban studies, psychosocial studies, or in the social sciences or humanities more generally and to those who simply wish to develop an advanced understanding of 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality.

Entry requirements

Good degree in social sciences or humanities. Recent professional qualifications, relevant work/practical experience, or a lively interest in the subject area will also be considered. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

MA

Core modules:

'Race', Racism, Postcoloniality;
Culture, Community, Identity .

Option modules:

A Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing;
After the Ottoman Empire;
Cultural History of War in Britain and America between the First World War and the Conflict in Vietnam;
Cultures of Human Rights;
Education, Globalisation and Change;
Education, Power and Resistances;
Empires in Modern East Asia;
Environment and Policy;
Futures: The Globalization of Human Rights;
International Asylum and Refugee Law (Postgraduate);
International Political Economy of Childhood;
Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Practice;
Latin American Cinemas;
Material and Visual Cultures of Development;
Men and Masculinities in Contemporary East Asia;
Migration and Refugees;
Museums, Memory and National Identity;
Perspectives on Japanese Cinema;
Religion in Society and Politics: Britain and Ireland, 1801-2001;
Shared traumas: France and Algeria since 1830;
Technology, Modernity and the Nation: Britain and Germany, 1880 to 1930;
The Two Irelands 1911-1998;
Theorising Gender;
Visual Culture: Power and the Image;
War, Conflict and Development;
Western Images of China and Japan .

Independent research module.

Dissertation.

PgDip

Core modules:

'Race', Racism, Postcoloniality;
Culture, Community, Identity .

Option modules:

A Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing;
After the Ottoman Empire;
Cultural History of War in Britain and America between the First World War and the Conflict in Vietnam;
Cultures of Human Rights;
Education, Globalisation and Change;
Education, Power and Resistances;
Empires in Modern East Asia;
Environment and Policy;
Futures: The Globalization of Human Rights;
Gender and Development;
International Asylum and Refugee Law (Postgraduate);
International Political Economy of Childhood;
Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Practice;
Latin American Cinemas;
Material and Visual Cultures of Development;
Men and Masculinities in Contemporary East Asia;
Migration and Refugees;
Museums, Memory and National Identity;
Perspectives on Japanese Cinema;
Religion in Society and Politics: Britain and Ireland, 1801-2001;
Shared traumas: France and Algeria since 1830;
Technology, Modernity and the Nation: Britain and Germany, 1880 to 1930;
The Ottoman Empire;
The Two Irelands 1911-1998;
Theorising Gender;
Visual Culture: Power and the Image;
Voluntary and Community Sectors in the UK;
War, Conflict and Development;
Western Images of China and Japan .

PgCert

Core modules:

'Race', Racism, Postcoloniality;
Culture, Community, Identity .

Option modules:

A Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing;
After the Ottoman Empire;
Cultural History of War in Britain and America between the First World War and the Conflict in Vietnam;
Cultures of Human Rights;
Education, Globalisation and Change;
Education, Power and Resistances;
Empires in Modern East Asia;
Environment and Policy;
Futures: The Globalization of Human Rights;
International Asylum and Refugee Law (Postgraduate);
International Political Economy of Childhood;
Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Practice;
Latin American Cinemas;
Material and Visual Cultures of Development;
Men and Masculinities in Contemporary East Asia;
Migration and Refugees;
Museums, Memory and National Identity;
Perspectives on Japanese Cinema;
Religion in Society and Politics: Britain and Ireland, 1801-2001;
Shared traumas: France and Algeria since 1830;
Technology, Modernity and the Nation: Britain and Germany, 1880 to 1930;
The Two Irelands 1911-1998;
Theorising Gender;
Visual Culture: Power and the Image;
War, Conflict and Development;
Western Images of China and Japan .

Assessment methods

MA

One 4000-word essay per core module and a 10,000-12,000-word dissertation. Assessment for option modules varies.

PgDip

One 4000-word essay per core module. Assessment for option modules varies.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 13,750 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,575 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgCert Part-time October 2017 - 9 months
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,775 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,775 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,775 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,775 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,775 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgDip Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
PgDip 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 Psychosocial Studies
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8045