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Migration Literatures and Cultures (MA)

Birkbeck, University of London

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Birkbeck, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Our MA Migration Literatures and Cultures provides you with an advanced introduction to the literary-cultural significance of migration. As well as being a global geopolitical phenomenon, migration is a creative process of 'world-making' that has prompted writers, filmmakers and artists to draw on the cross-cultural currents generated by movement across borders. You will explore these processes with leading academics and practitioners in the field of migrant arts and transnational cultures.

The course examines contemporary literary and cultural production not as a stable national output, but as part of a dynamic transnational context. You will explore how media, texts and cultural objects are produced and circulate across both real and imagined borders. You will engage with debates about how literature and culture, and their attendant theories, practices and methodologies, have become transnational in scope, focusing on key concepts such as: world literature and comparative studies, globalisation, migration and diaspora, adaptation, translation, postcoloniality, digital cultures, climate crisis and networked worlds.

This timely new programme responds to the intensifying and world-shaping phenomenon of contemporary migration, asking what role migrant artists play in reshaping our global present.


Graduates go into careers in writing and journalism, editing and publishing, research, marketing, public relations and education. Possible professions include writing, editing, or publishing. This degree can also be useful in becoming an editorial assistant, public relations officer, magazine or newspaper journalist, or advertising copywriter.

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.

Tuition fees

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£ 16,020per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Birkbeck, University of London

  • Campus address

    Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, United Kingdom, WC1E 7HX, England

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