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Cultural Enquiry (MRes)

Course Description

This 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.

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.
Gain a postgraduate, multidisciplinary research degree in preparation for further independent study within cultural studies, humanities and the arts.
Explore themes and practices relevant to contemporary cultural production, curating and cultural programming.
Be part of an innovative programme of study working with creative practitioners and cultural institutions within and beyond academia.
Develop your own creative practices and skills as a writer and researcher.
Be taught by academics within their current areas of research.
Our School of Arts is among the top 5 in the UK and comprises many academics and subject areas, from English literature and history of art, to digital media, mediated geographies and practice-led research. You will have the opportunity to find out about the breadth of this research and take part in research events at our research centres in areas including film, theatre, media and creative practice, humanities, poetics, photography and digital media.
You will also have access to a programme of events in the School’s exhibition space (the Peltz Gallery) and cinema, as well as the opportunity to work with the Derek Jarman Lab. In addition to academic-led events there are a large number of activities, including a range of reading groups, organised by our thriving postgraduate research community.

Visit the Cultural Enquiry (MRes) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

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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. 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 7.5, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa

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