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.

Entry requirements

First or good second-Class Honours degree in a relevant subject in the humanities or social sciences. We encourage successful completion of a taught Master's degree. A detailed outline of your research proposal, specifying its significance and originality. 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

Recent research topics include: Real fathers and Huffy Henrys: Searching for the symbol in Lacan and Berryman; mothering and the emergence of hate; helping adolescents; a discursive analysis of young adults' talk of prosocial behaviour; intimate autonomy: gender as ethical possibility; being good at maths: A precarious occupation; living with ADHD diagnosis: A disordering of family life; how are the existing biological relationships with families affected by fostering?; Turkish migrant experiences; the role of national identification in mental structure.

Assessment methods

By doctoral thesis submitted at the end of your research.

Sponsorship information

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,475 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (EU) 5 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (England) 5 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 5 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 5 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Scotland) 5 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Wales) 5 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,475 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (EU) 5 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (England) 5 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 5 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 5 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Scotland) 5 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Wales) 5 years
MPhil Full-time October 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2017 - 5 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 7631 8016