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Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity Postgraduate Certificate

Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity Postgraduate Certificate

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Study mode

Part time evening


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Ethnology Cultural Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity 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 programme examines connections between interlocking colonial histories across the globe and our ordinary, local, everyday life here in contemporary Britain. It focuses on a broad range of subjects such as histories of colonisation, systems of slavery, indenture and other forms of colonial labour; histories of the concept of 'race'; colonial cultures, nationalisms, 'respectability' and the invention of 'whiteness'; histories of criminalisation; histories of anti-racist and anti-fascist resistance; theorising culture, community, hybridity and creolisation; postcolonial belonging and diaspora; 'race' and 'beauty'; contemporary racial nationalisms and religious authoritarian movements; 'The War on Terror'; and 'race', gender, sexuality and desire.

The Postgraduate Certificate is a part-time evening study programme that allows you to explore these subject areas and progress to and complete the Postgraduate Diploma or MA Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity.


This transdisciplinary postgraduate programme draws from ancient world studies, medieval and colonial history, postcolonial and decolonial sociology and anthropology, cultural, urban, literary and psychosocial studies, philosophy and law. It will introduce you to significant historical and political debates and theoretical perspectives in the broad multidisciplinary area of 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality.
Through our formal link with the University of São Paulo, Brazil, you can undertake an option module at the University of São Paulo as part of your programme of study at Birkbeck.
You will become part of a vibrant, stimulating and diverse intellectual environment, with access to the Race Forum at Birkbeck, research centres including the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck Law School Centre for Law and the Humanities, the Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice, and the theories of racism and postcolonial and decolonial thought, medicine, ‘race’ and empire and psychoanalysis and colonialism reading groups.


Graduates include youth and community workers and workers for organisations and charities who are concerned with 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.

There are currently several graduates undertaking doctoral research in this subject area.

We offer a comprehensive Careers Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.


This interdisciplinary module examines postcolonial cultures, communities and identities. It is framed by debates on British sovereignty, permanent austerity, the persistent criminalisation of minoritised communities and the global pandemic. It discusses the ethics and politics of work on racism, postcoloniality and decoloniality; orientalism, primitivism and colonial nationalisms; retheorising 'culture', 'community', hybridity and creolisation and postcolonial belonging, urban cultures and diaspora. It then explores contemporary global multiculture, 'race' and 'beauty' before turning to debates on the imperial histories of 'western feminisms', 'homonationalisms' and the ?War on Terror', postcolonial racial nationalisms and religious authoritarian movements; ecological justice; criminalisation, policing and community resistance and 'whiteness' and contemporary legacies of empire.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in social sciences or humanities. Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience, or a lively interest in the subject area, will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

University information

Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success. With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300...more