Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree explores critical and cultural debates across disciplines in the arts and humanities, offering you the chance to examine work in a diversity of media, including print culture, painting, film, new media and popular culture. It combines a thorough exposure to contemporary critical methods and debates with a diverse range of advanced study options. In consultation with tutors, you will be able to build a dynamic programme of study that allows you to follow themes and issues across different disciplines, and develop your interests accordingly.

Course Modules

The programme starts with a 2'term core course that explores key concepts. This is followed by a choice of 2 option modules and a 15,000'word dissertation.

Option modules cover a range of themes and disciplines and are not restricted to a particular historical period or national culture.

Your dissertation is due in mid'September.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.

Core module:

Key Concepts in Cultural and Critical Studies: Part 1;

Key Concepts in Cultural and Critical Studies: Part 2 .

Option modules:

A Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing;

Contemporary British Poetry;

Memory Trauma and Cultural Identity;

Nostalgia and the Heritage Industry;

Postcolonialism: In Theory;

Reading Time in the Twentieth Century;

The Book Unbound;

Theory of Clouds;

Twenty'First Century Feminist Fiction and the World in Crisis;

Visual Culture: Power and the Image;

Voiceworks: Collaborative Song Project .

MA Cultural and Critical Studies dissertation.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,175 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £14,850 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £4,075 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £7,425 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Students should have a good Honours degree, 2nd Class or above, in a relevant subject: English, history, philosophy, visual culture, media studies, or an interdisciplinary programme with a strong humanities or arts component. We also welcome applicants with non-traditional qualifications and/or other kinds of experience or professional training. Your suitability will be assessed at interview. 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 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.