Taught course

Migration Literatures and Cultures

Birkbeck, University of London · English, Theatre and Creative Writing

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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in a related subject, for example, English literature, media studies or history.

Applications are reviewed on their 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.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Migration Literatures and Cultures (available 2022-23) provides you with an advanced introduction to the literary-cultural significance of migration. As well as being a global geopolitical phenomenon, migration is a creative process of 'world-making' that has prompted writers, filmmakers and artists to draw on the cross-cultural currents generated by movement across borders. You will explore these processes with leading academics and practitioners in the field of migrant arts and transnational cultures.

The course examines contemporary literary and cultural production not as a stable national output, but as part of a dynamic transnational context. You will explore how media, texts and cultural objects are produced and circulate across both real and imagined borders. You will engage with debates about how literature and culture, and their attendant theories, practices and methodologies, have become transnational in scope, focusing on key concepts such as:

  • world literature and comparative studies
  • globalisation
  • migration and diaspora
  • adaptation
  • translation
  • postcoloniality
  • digital cultures
  • climate crisis
  • networked worlds.

This timely new course responds to the intensifying and world-shaping phenomenon of contemporary migration, asking what role migrant artists play in reshaping our global present.


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.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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