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Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Ethnology Cultural Studies Social Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

This interdisciplinary programme stretches across the social sciences and arts and humanities and explores: debates on race and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality; empire and the formation of modern Britain and contemporary transnational political communities, social identities and urban cultures; the connections between histories of colonisation and contemporary social formations and inequalities in the UK; and how local debates on race and racism are shaped by the global geopolitics of the twenty-first century.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework.

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.

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Full time | Birkbeck, Central London WC1 | 1 year | OCT

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Full time


1 year

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This interdisciplinary module draws from the neighbouring disciplines of history, postcolonial sociology, cultural studies, psychosocial studies, urban studies and law and explores postcolonial cultures, communities and identities. The module is framed by debates on the civil unrest in British cities in 2011, the mass unemployment of the young, the politics of austerity, urban displacement and the criminalisation of minoritised 'communities'. The module considers debates on the ethics and politics of work on 'race' and postcoloniality; orientalism and nationalism; theorising 'culture', 'community', hybridity and creolisation and postcolonial belonging, urban cultures and diaspora. It then explores discussions on contemporary global multiculture, 'race' and 'beauty' before turning to debates on the racial politics of austerity; postcolonial religious revivalisms and racial nationalisms; criminalisation, state violence and community resistance; the imperial histories of 'western feminisms', 'homonationalism' and 'the war on terror' and 'whiteness' and postcoloniality.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Course specific entry requirements: Students need a good degree in social sciences or humanities. Recent professional qualifications, relevant work/practical experience, or a lively interest in the subject area will also be considered. 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 their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research student with a...more

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