• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: September 2015
  • Duration:

      1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

      • Attendance:

        2 evenings a week full-time or 1 evening a week part-time

        October to September

      • Location:

          Central London

          Programme overview

          This interdisciplinary Master's degree explores critical and cultural debates across disciplines in the arts and humanities, offering you the chance to examine work in a diversity of media, including print culture, painting, film, new media and popular culture. It combines a thorough exposure to contemporary critical methods and debates with a diverse range of advanced study options.

          In consultation with tutors, you will be able to build a dynamic programme of study that allows you to follow themes and issues across different disciplines, and develop your interests accordingly.

          For more information, read our programme handbook (2014-2015).

          How to apply

          Application deadlines and interviews

          We recommend you apply as early as possible. Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places.

          Online application

          Cultural and Critical Studies (MA) (Part-time)

          Cultural and Critical Studies (MA) (Full-time)

          Why study this course at Birkbeck?

              Course structure

              The programme starts with a 2-term core course that explores key concepts. This is followed by a choice of 2 option modules and a 15,000-word dissertation.

              Option modules cover a range of themes and disciplines and are not restricted to a particular historical period or national culture.

              Your dissertation is due in mid-September.

              For more information, read our programme handbook (2014-2015).

              Core module

              Option modules

              MA Cultural and Critical Studies dissertation

              Entry requirements

              Students should have a good honours degree, second-class or above, in a relevant subject: English, history, philosophy, visual culture, media studies, or an interdisciplinary programme with a strong humanities or arts component.

              We also welcome applicants with non-traditional qualifications and/or other kinds of experience or professional training. Your suitability will be assessed at interview.

              International entry requirements

              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 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

              Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.


              Part-time home/EU students: £ 3475 pa
              Full-time home/EU students: £ 6950 pa
              Part-time overseas students: £ 6650 pa
              Full-time overseas students: £ 12975 pa

              Payment and Fees Discounts

              Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

              Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

              Funding and Financial Support

              Finishing your undergraduate degree this year? Current Birkbeck students are eligible for a £10,000 scholarship to fund a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015-2016.

              The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.

              Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

              Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

              Careers and employability

              Graduates go in to careers in writing and journalism, editing and publishing, research, marketing, and public relations. Possible professions include writing, editing, research, or publishing. This degree can also be useful in a variety of roles within the arts and humanities, such as an editorial assistant, arts administrator, or public relations officer.

              Find out more about these professions.

              Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

              We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

              Teaching and assessment


              A combination of lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, workshops and small group discussions and project presentations.


              A critical bibliography, essays and a dissertation of 15,000 words.

              Our research

              Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

              Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent.

              Read about Birkbeck research that enriches our experience and understanding of our shared history, culture and art.

              Further study opportunities

              If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in English and Humanities.