Entry requirements

A 2:1 or above at undergraduate honours degree level. In addition, prospective students will be asked to submit a 500-word outline of their current research interests and 1 example of written work. All candidates will be interviewed.

Months of entry


Course content

This new programme in cultural enquiry offers the chance to research a diverse range of objects and themes from multidisciplinary perspectives. Working at the intersections of cultural studies, humanities and creative practice, the course asks you to consider where and how culture happens. With visits to cultural organisations, lectures from practitioners and a focus on practices of writing, curating and presentation, this MRes is ideal for students interested in taking an active role in cultural production and intellectual enquiry.

The programme is taught by academics from across the School of Arts and is designed to prepare you to undertake MPhil or PhD study in arts and humanities, including practice-led approaches to research and development of approaches to cultural production beyond academia. Helping you to broaden your research methods and interests, whilst supporting you in the development of distinctive projects, this programme aims to foster and support the practice of research and writing in order to challenge divisions between theory and practice, criticality and creativity.

The course aims to:

  • Encourage multidisciplinary enquiry into, and engagement with, a diverse array of research objects.
  • Develop your writing and other methods of cultural enquiry that will allow you to participate critically in the development of creative practice in and beyond academia.
  • Develop curiosity in subjects and objects inside and outside of the traditional boundaries of arts scholarship.
  • Foster a critical understanding of research practice and disciplinary discourses.
  • Engage with the current and historic landscape of cultural practice and its institutional formations.

Information for international students

The requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.5, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
International students
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa

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


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies
020 7631 6170