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In accordance with the institution of which it is a part, we are a research-intensive department with a widening-access mission, which specialises in part-time educational provision for mature-age students; this continues to define our identity and unique agenda.
Birkbeck's national and international reputation for the highest quality research and teaching remains strong and has grown further with our expanded provision into new areas, in particular the areas of theatre studies and creative writing. Informing our guiding commitment to research-led teaching is a commitment to interdisciplinarity, to a broad, historicised and theorised understanding of literary studies.
Since our formation, our department has specialised in offering courses at all levels, including high-quality part-time undergraduate courses that attract a range of students, from those who are coming back to education after a long break, to those who are just starting out.
Over the last 20 years, however, we have also built up one of the UK's largest and most successful concentrations of postgraduate study in literature and related areas, including MA degrees and a substantial PhD programme. Postgraduate students in English at Birkbeck are roughly equivalent to undergraduate numbers, and many study full-time for their postgraduate degrees.
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Birkbeck's MA/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Medical Humanities is designed to help medical practitioners explore and understand their complex, everyday clinical experiences with diverse patients and cultures. Read more
Birkbeck’s MA Contemporary Literature and Culture offers you the opportunity to specialise in twenty-first-century literature and culture, as well as exposing you to the most important literary and theoretical developments of the last few decades. Read more
The MA in Creative and Critical Writing offers blended learning in the interconnected fields of creative writing and critical thinking. Read more
The MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck is taught by one of the most diverse and vibrant departments in London. For 16 years we have been enabling dynamic groups of students to improve their creative work and develop as writers. Read more
Our MFA (Master of Fine Art) Creative Writing offers you the opportunity to write a full-length work of fiction to a standard where it may be offered to literary agents. Read more
Our MA Cultural and Critical Studies 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. Read more
MA Dramaturgy offers a comprehensive exploration of the practice and theory of drama, theatre and performance composition. You will work practically with a host of leading artists, who will share their diverse approaches to creating performance, from collaborative theatre-making to live art. Read more
The Department of English, Theatre and Creative Writing offers committed, enthusiastic and dynamic research-based teaching, with a constantly evolving curriculum sensitive to developments in contemporary culture. Read more
The MRes in English, Theatre and Arts offers students who have completed an MA the unique opportunity to research a project of their own by writing a fully developed, high-quality piece of research. Read more
Our MA Medieval Literature and Culture offers you the opportunity to make a special study of the medieval period, considering the richness and diversity of its literature, art and history. Read more
Our MA Modern and Contemporary Literature begins with an investigation of literary and theoretical conceptions of modernity in early twentieth-century literature, focusing on topics such as urbanisation, technology, mass culture, individualism and subjectivity. Read more
The MA in Renaissance Studies explores the question of what the Renaissance was and what approaches are best suited to understanding it. Read more
This highly distinctive MA Text and Performance, run as a partnership between Birkbeck and RADA , brings together cutting-edge practice and scholarship in theatre and performance. Read more
This MFA Theatre Directing offers professionally recognised training for theatre directors. Read more
Drawing on Birkbeck's position as a world-leading centre in the field of nineteenth-century studies, our MA Victorian Studies offers you the chance to take a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to studying the literature, culture and history of Victorian Britain. Read more