Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity, Postgraduate Diploma | Birkbeck, University of London | London, United Kingdom
Postgraduate Diploma On Campus

Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity

12 months
12020 GBP/year
6540 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity programme at Birkbeck, University of London explores connections between interlocking colonial histories across the globe and our ordinary, local, everyday life here in contemporary Britain.


This interdisciplinary Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity programme at Birkbeck, University of London stretches across the social sciences and arts and humanities and explores: 

  • histories and cartographies of 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality; empire and the formation of modern Britain and contemporary transnational political communities, social identities and urban cultures
  • connections between histories of colonisation and contemporary social formations and inequalities in the UK
  • how local debates on 'race' and racism are shaped by the global geopolitics of the twenty-first century.
The Postgraduate Diploma allows you to explore your interests in these subject areas and enables you to progress to, and complete, the MA Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity if you wish.

Careers and Employability

Graduates include youth and community workers and workers for organisations and charities whose concerns include criminalisation and policing, domestic violence, refugees and asylum, human rights, homelessness, imprisonment and addiction. They also include barristers and solicitors, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and psychiatrists, lecturers and social researchers in the areas of sociology, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, urban studies and social policy, teachers, film-makers, activists, curators, architects, novelists, poets, musicians, journalists and those working in the arts and cultural industries.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • 'Race', Racism, Postcoloniality
  • Culture, Community, Identity
  • A Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing
  • Aesthetics and Cultural Theory
  • Contemporary US Fiction
  • Freud in the world: psychoanalysis, literary writing and the legacies of history
  • Magic, Science and Religion in the Renaissance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You can still apply through UCAS after this deadline, depending on the availability of places.


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in social sciences or humanities.

  • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.
  • Your personal details
  • Your qualifications
  • Your work experience
  • Your personal statement
  • Referees
  • Statistical information
  • English proficiency
  • The application form 

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    12020 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12020 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6540 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6540 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • Part-time home students: Year 1 - £4905 pa; Year 2 - 1635 pa;
  • Part-time international students: Year 1 - £9015 pa; Year 2 - 3005 pa;

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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