Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The department has developed an approach to research and teaching that draws on a range of critical frameworks including psychoanalytic theory, social theory, feminist and queer theory, cultural and postcolonial studies, and qualitative psychosocial methodologies. In our research we aim to connect discussions of our precarious and increasingly interconnected collective fates with our most intimate personal and psychic life. This research degree offers an exciting research environment in which to pursue psychosocial research, as well as supervisory expertise across a number of disciplines, including psychoanalytic theory, social theory, philosophy, social anthropology, literature, postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality studies, and media and cultural studies.

Course Modules

Recent research topics include: Real fathers and Huffy Henrys: Searching for the symbol in Lacan and Berryman; mothering and the emergence of hate; helping adolescents; a discursive analysis of young adults' talk of prosocial behaviour; intimate autonomy: gender as ethical possibility; being good at maths: A precarious occupation; living with ADHD diagnosis: A disordering of family life; how are the existing biological relationships with families affected by fostering?; Turkish migrant experiences; the role of national identification in mental structure.

Course Additional Entry

First or good second'Class Honours degree in a relevant subject in the humanities or social sciences. We encourage successful completion of a taught Master's degree. A detailed outline of your research proposal, specifying its significance and originality. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 - 4 years
Full Time
MPhil £11,475  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 4 years
Full Time
MPhil £3,840  Academic year. First year home fees
5 - 7 years
Part Time
MPhil £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
5 - 7 years
Part Time
MPhil £2,020  Academic year. First year home fees
3 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £11,475  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £3,840  Academic year. First year home fees
5 - 7 years
Part Time
PhD £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
5 - 7 years
Part Time
PhD £2,020  Academic year. First year home fees