Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme explores debates on 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality. It explores connections between histories of empire and contemporary social formations and inequalities in the UK and considers how local debates on 'race' and racism are shaped by the global geopolitics of the twenty'first century. You will explore debates on empire and the formation of modern Britain and contemporary transnational political communities, social identities and urban cultures. The course aims to draw connections between interlocking colonial histories across the globe and our ordinary, local, everyday life here in contemporary Britain. This programme will be of interest to those who want to develop careers in social research, education, law, journalism, youth and community work, urban planning, housing, politics, the arts and cultural industries, health and social care, and numerous other areas. It will also be of interest to those who wish to pursue an academic career in sociology, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, psychosocial studies, or in the social sciences or humanities more generally and to those who simply wish to develop an advanced understanding of 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality.

Course Modules

The programme combines taught core and option modules and provides the opportunity for independent research supervised by an academic. The core modules introduce you to significant historical and political debates and theoretical perspectives. The option modules are specialist subject courses that focus on a specific area, such as: Human rights; Lacanian psychoanalysis; migration and refugees; Latin American cinema. You complete 180 credits composed of two 30'credit core modules, two 30'credit special subject option modules, and a 60'credit dissertation/independent research project. In Year 1, you take the core module 'race', racism, post'coloniality in the autumn term; option modules can be taken in the autumn, spring or summer terms, depending on individual workloads, but we recommend that you take your option module in the spring term in order to balance your work evenly through the year. The research methods module 'a postcolonial imagination' will be held during the spring term, and a series of dissertation workshops will be held in the summer term. In year 2, option modules can be taken in the autumn, spring or summer terms depending on individual workloads, but we advise that you take an option module in the autumn term to balance your work evenly through the year.

Course Additional Entry

Good degree in social sciences or humanities. Recent professional qualifications, relevant work/practical experience, or a lively interest in the subject area will also be considered. 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
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
PgCert £4,575  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
PgCert £2,700  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Full Time
PgDip £8,950  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
PgDip £4,775  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
PgDip £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
PgDip £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees