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 Programmes do we offer?
- BA Psychosocial Studies 3 Year full-time & 4 Year part-time: This new interdisciplinary programme enables students to understand the interconnections between the psychic and social forces that produce us and shape our complex relations to one another.
- BSc Social Science (part-time) / BSc Social Science (full-time): This programme enables students to become critical, multidisciplinary theorists and researchers of the social world. Students can also specialise in the subject area of Psychosocial Studies and graduate with a BSc Social Science with Psychosocial Studies award.
- GradCert Psychosocial Studies: This programme introduces students to important strands of psychosocial theory that explores 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 Masters programmes for students who do not have an undergraduate degree.
- MA Psychosocial Studies: This programme explores multidisciplinary discussions on the connections between our precarious and increasingly interrelated collective histories and our ordinary, intimate, personal and psychic life.
- MA Culture Diaspora Ethnicity: This interdisciplinary programme explores debates on ‘race’ and ethnicity, multiculture and postcoloniality. It 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.
- : This new innovative programme introduces students to the history and development and contemporary applications of psychoanalysis.
- MSc Education, Power and Social Change: This multidisciplinary programme explores connections between education, contemporary social inequalities and social change within a global, postcolonial context.
- MSc Psychodynamics of Human Development (in collaboration with the British Psychotherapy Foundation): This programme 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.
- MPhil/PhD Psychosocial Studies: This research degree enables students to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary psychosocial research with scholars who work across a number of disciplines such as social and critical psychology, sociology, philosophy, literature, cultural and postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality studies and media studies.
Who are these programmes for?
- We welcome students from all social and educational backgrounds who have a lively interest in this multidisciplinary subject area.
How are these programmes 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.
- Masters programme 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.