1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
2 evenings a week full-time or 1 evening a week part-time, October to September
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.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
- Flexible interdisciplinary programme, which allows you to assemble a course of study suited to your individual needs.
- Gives you the chance to cross disciplines and explore topics in literature, film, other media, history, and cultural and critical theory.
- Aimed at people with wide-ranging, interdisciplinary interests in the humanities and those interested in contemporary theoretical debates.
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
- The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.
- Find out what our students say about our courses.
- Find out more about our range of world-class research resources.
- Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.
The programme starts with a two-term core course that explores key concepts. This is followed by a choice of two 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.
- Key Concepts in Cultural and Critical Studies: Part 1
- Key Concepts in Cultural and Critical Studies: Part 2
- A Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing
- Contemporary British Poetry
- Memory Trauma and Cultural Identity
- Nostalgia and the Heritage Industry
- Postcolonialism: In Theory
- Reading Time in the Twentieth Century
- The Book Unbound
- Theory of Clouds
- Twenty-First Century Feminist Fiction and the World in Crisis
- Visual Culture: Power and the Image
- Voiceworks: Collaborative Song Project
MA Cultural and Critical Studies dissertation
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
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.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Fees and finance
We offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
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.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
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 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.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application.
Need help with your application? Watch videos featuring our academic experts giving advice on applying to Birkbeck and answering some of the most frequently asked questions.
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.
Application deadlines and interviews
We recommend you apply as early as possible. Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Financial support and postgraduate loans
Birkbeck offers advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay loans by interest-free direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students. Find out about the support we provide.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
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