This interdisciplinary Master’s degree explores critical and cultural debates across disciplines in the arts and humanities, offering you the chance to examine work in a diversity of media, including print culture, painting, film, new media and popular culture. It combines a thorough exposure to contemporary critical methods and debates with a diverse range of advanced study options.

In consultation with tutors, you will be able to build a dynamic programme of study that allows you to follow themes and issues across different disciplines, and develop your interests accordingly.

Study Details:

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:


  • Key Concepts in Cultural and Critical Studies: Part 1
  • Key Concepts in Cultural and Critical Studies: Part 2


  • A Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing
  • Contemporary British Poetry
  • Memory Trauma and Cultural Identity
  • Nostalgia and the Heritage Industry
  • Postcolonialism: In Theory
  • Reading Time in the Twentieth Century
  • The Book Unbound
  • Theory of Clouds
  • Twenty-First Century Feminist Fiction and the World in Crisis
  • Visual Culture: Power and the Image
  • Voiceworks: Collaborative Song Project


  • Dissertation MA Cultural and Critical Studies

Student Destinations

Graduates go in to careers in writing and journalism, editing and publishing, research, marketing and public relations. Possible professions include writing, editing, research, or publishing. This degree can also be useful in a variety of roles within the arts and humanities, such as an editorial assistant, arts administrator, or public relations officer.


Part-time home/EU students: £4175 pa Full-time home/EU students: £8350 pa Part-time international students: £7600 pa Full-time international students: £15200 pa

Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its 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.

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