The Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck was founded in 2000 and aims to investigate interconnections between individual and group identities and historical and contemporary social and political formations. It seeks to link discussions of our precarious and increasingly interconnected collective histories with our ordinary, everyday, intimate and psychic life.
Staff members have a keen interest in developing new theoretical paths across a number of critical fields of inquiry as well as forging new, innovative psychosocial research methods. The department is genuinely interdisciplinary, with academics coming from backgrounds in anthropology, cultural and postcolonial studies, education studies, gender and sexuality studies, literary studies, critical psychology, psychoanalytic studies, sociology and urban studies.
Academic programmes in psychosocial studies, psychoanalytic studies, education studies, sociology and cultural and postcolonial studies sit alongside Counselling and Psychotherapy at Birkbeck, which is a cluster of programmes within the department designed for those who wish to train as a counsellor or psychotherapist putting theory and practice into dynamic relation.
Our department gained 100% for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019 and 98% for teaching in the NSS 2019.