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Our academic programmes

Our innovative, interdisciplinary academic programmes introduce students to a wide range of contemporary debates which are concerned with the connections between individual and group identities and historical and contemporary social and political formations and inequalities.

What courses do we offer?

  • BA Psychosocial Studies: this interdisciplinary course will help you understand the interconnections between the psychic and social forces that produce us and shape our complex relations to one another. This course can be studied over three years full-time or four years part-time.
  • Graduate Certificate in Psychosocial Studies: this course will introduce you to important strands of psychosocial theory, which explore different ways of understanding the interconnections between individual and collective identities and historical and contemporary social and political formations. It also serves as an alternative pathway onto our Master's courses if you do not have an undergraduate degree.
  • MA Psychosocial Studies: this course explores multidisciplinary approaches to studying the connections between our precarious and increasingly interrelated collective histories and our ordinary, intimate, personal and psychic life.
  • MA Culture Diaspora Ethnicity: this interdisciplinary course explores debates on ‘race’ and ethnicity, multiculture and postcoloniality. It considers empire and the formation of modern Britain and contemporary transnational political communities, social identities and urban cultures. It also aims to draw connections between interlocking colonial histories across the globe and our ordinary, local, everyday life here in contemporary Britain. You can also take a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).
  • MA Psychoanalytic Studies: this innovative course will introduce you to the history and development of psychoanalysis and to its contemporary applications.
  • MSc Education, Power and Social Change: this multidisciplinary course explores connections between education, contemporary social inequalities and social change within a global, postcolonial context. You can also take a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or you can take a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).
  • MSc Psychodynamics of Human Development (in collaboration with the British Psychotherapy Foundation): this course explores debates on human development through addressing both theoretical and clinical questions raised by infant observation, work-study seminars and psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic theories. You can also take a Postgraduate Diploma (no dissertation).
  • MPhil/PhD Psychosocial Studies: this advanced research degree will enable you to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary psychosocial research with scholars who work across a number of disciplines, including social and critical psychology, sociology, philosophy, literature, cultural and postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality studies and media studies.

Who are these courses for?

  • We welcome students from all social and educational backgrounds who have a lively interest in this multidisciplinary subject area.

How are these courses structured?

  • The BA Psychosocial Studies can be taken full-time over three years or part-time over four years. You will take core psychosocial modules such as love, hate, power and bodies; multidisciplinary research methods modules and special subject option modules and complete a dissertation.
  • The BSc Social Sciences can be taken full-time over three years or part-time over four years. You will study core social science subjects such as social theory, social policy and research methods and you will choose special subject option modules from across the social sciences.
  • The Graduate Certificate is taken part-time over one year and consists of two modules.
  • Master's courses can be taken either full-time over one academic year or part-time. Each Masters programme is composed of two core modules, two special subject option modules and a dissertation.
  • Research degrees usually take three years full-time or four to six years part-time. You will work independently with one-to-one supervision as well as attending regular research meetings, workshops and other training events.

Why should you study these programmes at Birkbeck?

  • Each course is taught by leading figures in the new multidisciplinary subject area of Psychosocial Studies.
  • We are delighted to continue our relationship with Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley), who is Visiting Professor for the MA Psychosocial Studies. Professor Butler will be returning this year to contribute to our annual Summer Programme.

We are delighted to continue our relationship with Judith Butler (Berkeley), who is Visiting Professor for the MA Psychosocial Studies.


Professor Belinda Mandelbaum and Dr Lisa Baraitser discuss the collaboration between the Department of Social Psychology at the University of São Paulo, Brazil and the Department of Psychosocial Studies.

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