Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Across millennia, cities have been centres of political and economic power, orchestrating the social and cultural life of their populations. Today, rapid and wide-spread urbanisation is creating new challenges. Cities come to reflect global inequalities, acting as hubs for transnational mobility, concentrating difference, and generating new forms of cultural expression and activism.

Understanding the complex and multi-layered aspects of cities requires an interdisciplinary approach which the MACities uniquely provides by bringing together the strengths of urban research and teaching in Birkbeck?s Schools of Arts and Social Sciences, History and Philosophy.

Using real-world case studies, you will explore a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches. You will follow your interests, choosing from modules incorporating a range of disciplinary perspectives as well as historical periods, including: cultural and visual studies; communications, digital design and networked technology; geography; history (including ancient history, history of art and architecture); linguistics; literature; museum studies; politics; and psycho-social studies.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates go on to careers in local and national government, urban planning, housing NGOs and community organisations, civil service and private sector consultancies, and international NGOs working on issues of habitat and urban redevelopment.

Start Date:

one to two evenings a week.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,640 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £15,720 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,640 European Fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,320 Home Fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £7,860 Overseas Fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,320 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
  • International entry requirements: Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. 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.