Taught course

Migration Literatures and Cultures

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · English, Theatre and Creative Writing
Qualifications
MA

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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

October

Course content

Our MA Migration Literatures and Cultures 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 and networked worlds.

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

Highlights
  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • We have a state-of-the art cinema and exhibition spaces, all housed in a historic building that was a former home to key members of the Bloomsbury Group, including the author Virginia Woolf and the artist Vanessa Bell.
  • The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.
  • The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.
  • The School is also actively involved in a number of College-wide institutes specifically designed to foster work across disciplines at Birkbeck and beyond: Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality and the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism. These institutes are driven by the work of world-class scholars including Laura Mulvey, Slavoj Žižek, Lynne Segal and David Feldman.

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

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3907 0700