The Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies has an international reputation for teaching and research. We offer practice-based research options as well as traditional MPhil/PhD study. Our current students explore a broad range of interests, including art and urban regeneration, socially engaged art practice, institutional critique, curatorial practice, cultural and creative industries, and interdisciplinary topics such as new media and geography.
Current research areas include: cultural policy and theory; public art; gentrification; cultural identity; sculpture parks and gardens; contemporary art history; environmental site-based art; museum studies; arts education; virtual identity in the arts in post-war Britain; professional and managerial practice; and curatorial and archival practice.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.
Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Art and Design at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading or internationally excellent research.
'My husband and I founded a community music school, and although I had experience with music and working with young people, I hadn’t got any experience working with arts organisations. When it came to accessing funding and working in partnerships with local authorities I realised I was slightly out of my depth. I decided to study Arts Management to fill in all the gaps in my knowledge.
'I left school at 15 and didn’t have lots of qualifications, so it was a big step for me to go to university. Once I was there I found that there were a lot of people in a similar situation to me. Initially I lacked confidence but I was surprised at how much I knew and could contribute to seminar discussions, which helped my confidence. As I went on my marks got better and better as my confidence grew.
'Studying part-time was ideal as it didn’t impact the running of my organisation and meant that I had time to study and write my assignments.
'Two of my lecturers also ran Arts organisations and had years of experience. It was fantastic to learn from their experiences and they were great teachers. I was going into the classroom and learning and immediately afterwards I could implement what I had learnt - it was perfect for me.
'I was one of the few people on my course involved in community arts as opposed to the ‘higher arts’ such as galleries and theatre. It was quite an eye opener and introduced me to a whole new world. It was also great to share experiences with other students on the course.
'Doing the certificate has definitely helped me to develop my organisation. I have found that my improved writing skills have helped with my funding applications, so it has already made a difference to my business.
'The fact that I have a qualification is an amazing feeling. I feel that if I can do that, I can do more. I’m thinking about going on to do an undergraduate degree in music and arts management.
'Birkbeck has been a great experience, if you know you want to go back and study, or if you’ve never really studied before it’s a great way to gain those experiences, without having to give other areas of your life to do it.'
Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time)
We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.
Value of Scholarship(s)
To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16 Domiciled in the UK/EU Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13) Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time
If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme
A relevant Master's degree. 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 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Part-time home/EU students: £ 2187 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 4121 pa
Recipient: Birkbeck, University of London
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