Two years part-time or one year full-time
One evening a week part-time or two evenings a week full-time
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.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.
- 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.
- Birkbeck has three research institutes of relevance to students on this degree: Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and Birkbeck Institute of Gender and Sexuality. Each organises regular talks and masterclasses, which our students can attend.
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
- Culture, Community, Identity
- Freud in the world: psychoanalysis, literary writing and the legacies of history
- Psychoanalysis and Culture
- Querying the Unconscious
- Violence, Conflict and Genocide
- Visual Culture: Power and the Image
Indicative College-wide option modules
- A Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing
- Degeneration: Science, Culture and Social Prophecy 1850-1945
- Disciplining Sex: Sexuality, Society and Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture
- Fascism and Psychoanalysis
- Gender in Britain
- Language Matters
- Madness and its Meanings
- Mind, Body and Self in the Victorian Age
- Queer Histories/Queer Cultures
- Queer Theory
- Why War? History, Psychoanalysis and Politics, c 1900-1950
Independent research module
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 link below.
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
Applications are accepted throughout the year, but early application (prior to April for course commencement in October) is encouraged.
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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