This MA is designed for graduates from a wide range of backgrounds, who are looking to develop an in-depth understanding of the relation between individual subjectivities and identities, and historical and contemporary social and political formations.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
Applications are accepted throughout the year, but early application (prior to April for course commencement in October) is encouraged.
Psychosocial Studies (MA) (Part-time)
Psychosocial Studies (MA) (Full-time)
Genuinely interdisciplinary, our MA combines core taught courses and optional modules, as well as the opportunity for independent research supervised by staff members and advanced doctoral students.
Each year we offer a variety of option modules within the department and we also cross-list available courses from the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy. The options below are an indicative list.
You also undertake an Independent Research Module, to support you in choosing, developing and undertaking a piece of independent research (qualitative empirical or theoretical).
The Department of Psychosocial Studies has a formal link with the University of São Paulo, Brazil. This link enables students on this programme to undertake an optional module at the university as part of their programme of study at Birkbeck.
Indicative psychosocial option modules
Indicative College-wide option modules
Independent research module
Minimum second-class honours degree or its equivalent in a discipline relevant to psychosocial studies, which includes most humanities and social science disciplines (such as psychology, sociology, politics, history, cultural studies).
In exceptional circumstances, the admissions tutor will consider applicants who have substantial professional experience (for example, teaching, social work, counselling and psychotherapy, mediation, development work, arts and cultural industries) without a first degree, and who can demonstrate through interview and a written assignment that they have the required academic abilities to complete a Master's-level course.
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 6.0 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: £
paFull-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
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Funding and Financial Support
Careers and employability
Graduates go in to careers in mental health, education, social research, international development, conflict resolution, human rights, or the cultural industries. Graduates may also be interested in pursuing an academic career in psychosocial studies, social and cultural theory, or in the social sciences or humanities more generally. Possible professions include counselling psychologist, further education lecturer, or human resources officer. This degree may also be useful in becoming a social researcher or psychotherapist.
Find out more about these professions.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in the Department of Psychosocial Studies.
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
Lectures, seminars, tutorials, and group and individual supervision offered by staff and advanced doctoral students in our department, as well as workshops, guest lectures and film screenings.
Written and practical assignments, oral presentations and a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.