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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.
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Our MA/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity stretches across the social sciences and arts and humanities and explores: … Read more
Is education a force for reproduction or transformation in the world? Does education change the world or maintain the current system - for example, can… Read more
There are many different types of counselling, each based on their own concepts and orientations. Read more
Our MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamics of Human Development provides an understanding of human development through the theoretical and clinical issues raised by infant observation, through work study seminars and through psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic theories. Read more
Our Graduate Certificate in Psychosocial Studies introduces you to substantial strands of psychosocial theory. theory that proposes different ways of understanding the interrelationship between the development of subjectivity and identity, and historical and contemporary social and political formations. Read more
Psychosocial studies holds that conventional distinctions found in many areas of sociology and psychology between the 'psychological' and the 'social' are untenable and that our 'inner' and 'outer' worlds are empirically and theoretically inseparable. Read more
An MPhil/PhD is an advanced postgraduate research degree that requires original research and the submission of a substantial dissertation of 60,000 to 100,000 words. Read more