Birkbeck, University of London

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of London

Cities (Taught)

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Course summary

Across millennia, cities have been centres of political and economic power, orchestrating the social and cultural life of their populations. Today, rapid and widespread urbanisation is creating new challenges. Cities come to reflect global inequalities, acting as hubs for transnational mobility, concentrating difference, and generating new forms of cultural expression and activism. Understanding the complex and multi-layered aspects of cities requires an interdisciplinary approach which the MA/MSc Cities uniquely provides by bringing together the strengths of urban research and teaching in Birkbeck’s Schools of Arts and Social Sciences, History and Philosophy. Using real-world case studies, you will explore a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches. You will follow your interests, choosing from modules incorporating a range of disciplinary perspectives as well as historical periods, including: cultural and visual studies; communications, digital design and networked technology; geography; history (including ancient history, history of art and architecture); linguistics; literature; museum studies; politics; and psychosocial studies. Highlights

  • There are opportunities for work placements and international field trips to Delhi and the Berlin Film Festival.
  • Our location in central London offers you excellent access to a wide range of research resources, including Birkbeck Library, LSE Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE), the Royal Geographical Society and Senate House Library (University of London).
  • You will be able to access activities and research centres across the College, including Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Architecture, Space and Society Centre.

Course details

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Primarily coursework including essays, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, fieldwork reports, methods case studies and blogs. You also complete a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation.


How to apply

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9030 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9030 Year 1
Scotland £9030 Year 1
Wales £9030 Year 1
International £16380 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Cities at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS