Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Psychosocial Studies

Psychosocial Studies is a leading department in this interdisciplinary field that brings together social, cultural and psychosocial researchers. The department has developed a distinctive approach to research and teaching that draws on a range of critical frameworks including psychoanalytic theory, social theory, feminist and queer theory, cultural and postcolonial studies, and qualitative psychosocial methodologies. In our research we aim to connect discussions of our precarious and increasingly interconnected collective fates with our most intimate personal and psychic life. This research degree offers an exciting research environment in which to pursue psychosocial research, as well as supervisory expertise across a number of disciplines, including psychoanalytic theory, social theory, philosophy, social anthropology, literature, postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality studies, and media and cultural studies. Our programme aims to provide an excellent forum for students to carry out theoretical or applied research in the broad area of psychosocial studies, focusing particularly on innovative interdisciplinary work. We actively promote interactive graduate life, with multiple resources for fostering a rich postgraduate community at Birkbeck.

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A limited number of full-time and part-time College Research Studentships (fees-only) are available; the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy (SSHP) is also offering up to 30 studentships in the form of fee waivers; overseas applicants may be eligible to apply for the SSHP Overseas Research Studentship. 

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Department of Psychosocial Studies
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020 7631 8016