Students should have a good honours degree, second 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.
Months of entry
This interdisciplinary Master's 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.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
- Flexible interdisciplinary programme, which allows you to assemble a course of study suited to your individual needs.
- Gives you the chance to cross disciplines and explore topics in literature, film, other media, history, and cultural and critical theory.
- Aimed at people with wide-ranging, interdisciplinary interests in the humanities and those interested in contemporary theoretical debates.
Information for international students
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.
Fees and funding
The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.
The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.
Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.
Qualification and course duration
|Assessment||What kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)|
|Written coursework / continuous assessment||50|
|Dissertation||50 (15000 words)|
Course contact details
- Department of English and Humanities
- + 44 (0)20 3073 8376
- + 44 (0)20 7631 6072