Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Psychosocial Studies

The department has developed an approach to research and teaching that draws on a range of critical frameworks including psychoanalytic theory, social theory, feminist and queer theory, cultural and post-colonial 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 lives. Some of the research strands in the department include: Violence, state violence and conflict; intimacy, parenting, care and personal life; human rights, social responsibility and helping behaviour; public cultures, social movements, citizenship and social identities; postcolonial urban cultures and histories of 'race' and racism; gender and sexuality; emotional development, psychic change and ageing. The MA is designed for graduates from a wide range of backgrounds, who are looking to develop an in-depth understanding of the relation between individual subjectivities and identities, and historical and contemporary social and political formations.

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

Core modules: Independent research module, MA psychosocial studies; texts and interpretation; theories and sites of the psychosocial. Option modules: Culture, community, identity; intimacies and solidarities; fears and hatreds; Lacanian psychoanalysis: Theory and practice; sexing the body: Psychoanalytic and other framings; visual culture: power and the image; a confusion of tongues: llness, language, writing; cultural memory; degeneration: science, culture and social prophecy 1850-1945; disciplining sex: Sexuality, society and 19th-century literary culture; fascism and psychoanalysis; gender in Britain; language matters; masculinities/femininities; mind, body and self in the Victorian age; queer histories/queer cultures; queer theory; reading time in the 20th century; why war? history, psychoanalysis and politics, c 1900-1950.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,950 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 13,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,950 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 6,875 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 3,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Department of Psychosocial Studies
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8045