Taught course

Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies

UCL - University College London · Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Months of entry


Course content

This MA programme is unique. It surveys the history of race and explores the social and cultural complexities of racialised inequality and injustice viewed on a global scale. The modules are taught by specialist teaching staff associated with UCL’s Sarah Parker Remond Centre as well as scholars working on aspects of race and social justice in numerous disciplines across UCL.

The programme’s faculty have backgrounds in social theory, literary and cultural studies, Geography and Anthropology. The programme draws upon resources from multiple disciplines to build a critical account of the origins and development of race-thinking as well as its enduring power.

Though you may have been thinking about these issues already, the programme does not assume that you are already a specialist in these areas of scholarship. The curriculum emphasises the need for students to encounter a constellation of key concepts and to become familiar with the texts that have been foundational in the academic analysis of racism and racialisation.

The evolving body of specialist work will be brought into contact with a range of examples drawn from different locations, periods and political struggles. They include Abolitionism, anti-colonial, civil and human rights movements all the way to #blacklivesmatter and related contemporary conflicts over racial inequality, racial hierarchy and social justice.

You will examine the history of race and raciology and be introduced to a range of attempts to map and critically respond to varieties of racist argumentation: religious, scientific, culturalist, biopolitical and nationalistic.

A historical perspective has been adopted in order to foster the acquisition of key concepts and a common critical vocabulary. You will be invited to grasp how race-thinking developed and varied in different locations, periods and disciplinary contexts.

An extensive survey builds towards consideration of contemporary instances of racialised injustice and inequality. You will analyse the structural and institutional aspects of those social and political problems and see how they have been manifested in culture, politics and everyday life. The programme affords opportunities to look at the movements that have resisted racism, injustice and inequality, seeking rights and recognition.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


Teaching methods are likely to vary depending on faculty, department and individual module leaders, however knowledge will be obtained and transferred by means of lectures, seminars/tutorials, student presentations, online interaction and directed readings.

Course contact details

+44 (0) 20 3370 1214