Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Formerly titled Psychoanalysis, History, Culture, this interdisciplinary programme, jointly run by the Department of Psychosocial Studies and the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, aims to introduce you to the history and development of psychoanalysis in the past 100 years. You will explore and critically assess applications of psychoanalysis to the understanding of culture and history.

Course Modules

2 core modules, which run for 10 weeks each and provide the main theoretical and historical course content. They cover primary psychoanalytic, historical and critical texts, as well as a wealth of secondary literature that addresses the applications of psychoanalytic theory to the analysis of history and culture. Students choose 2 option modules from a wide range of courses in psychosocial studies, history and other disciplines, covering topics such as: intimacy, violence, fascism and war; critical approaches to the unconscious; culture, community and identity; sexuality, history and sexual identities; and affect and illness. Alternatively, a limited number of students can apply to take the option module in psychoanalysis at the British Psychoanalytical Society (details subject to review). You undertake a piece of independent supervised research culminating in a dissertation. The Department of Psychosocial Studies has a formal link with the University of S'o 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.

Course Additional Entry

Minimum upper second'Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline relevant to the programme, including most humanities and social science disciplines, such as psychology, history, English, languages, sociology, politics, philosophy and cultural studies. In exceptional circumstances, the admissions tutor will consider applicants who do not meet this criterion but who have substantial relevant professional experience (for example, in teaching, journalism, social work, counselling and psychotherapy, mediation, development work) and who can demonstrate through interview and a written assignment that they have the required academic abilities to complete a Master's'level course.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)
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate)