Research course

Psychosocial Studies

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Psychosocial Studies
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

A good Master’s degree in a relevant subject in the humanities or social sciences, although we will consider an application from someone who has a first- or good second-class honours degree in one of these subjects. You will also need to submit a detailed outline of your research proposal, specifying its significance and originality.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Psychosocial Studies is a leading department in this interdisciplinary field that brings together social, cultural and psychosocial researchers. The department has developed a distinctive approach to research and teaching that draws on a range of critical frameworks including psychoanalytic theory, social theory, feminist and queer theory, cultural and postcolonial studies, and qualitative psychosocial methodologies. In our research we aim to connect discussions of our precarious and increasingly interconnected collective fates with our most intimate personal and psychic life.

This research degree offers an exciting research environment in which to pursue psychosocial research, as well as supervisory expertise across a number of disciplines, including psychoanalytic theory, social theory, philosophy, social anthropology, literature, postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality studies, and media and cultural studies. Our programme aims to provide an excellent forum for students to carry out theoretical or applied research in the broad area of psychosocial studies, focusing particularly on innovative interdisciplinary work. We actively promote interactive graduate life, with multiple resources for fostering a rich postgraduate community at Birkbeck.

Recent research topics include:

  • Real fathers and Huffy Henrys: searching for the symbol in Lacan and Berryman
  • Mothering and the emergence of hate
  • Helping adolescents: a discursive analysis of young adults' talk of prosocial behaviour
  • Intimate autonomy: gender as ethical possibility
  • Being good at maths: a precarious occupation
  • Living with ADHD diagnosis: a disordering of family life
  • How are the existing biological relationships with families affected by fostering?
  • Turkish migrant experiences
  • The role of national identification in mental structure.

Department specialisms

Recent research topics include: Real fathers and Huffy Henrys: searching for the symbol in Lacan and Berryman Mothering and the emergence of hate Helping adolescents: a discursive analysis of young adults' talk of prosocial behaviour Intimate autonomy: gender as ethical possibility Being good at maths: a precarious occupation Living with ADHD diagnosis: a disordering of family life How are the existing biological relationships with families affected by fostering? Turkish migrant experiences The role of national identification in mental structure.

Information for international students

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-time home/EU students: £ 2187 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 4121 pa
International students
Part-time overseas students: £ 6050 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 11995 pa

A limited number of full-time and part-time College Research Studentships are available. Find out about research funding opportunities at Birkbeck.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
60 months

MPhil

part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Email
psychosocial-studies@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+ 44 (0)20 3073 8045