University of Birmingham, College of Arts and Law

Introduction

"The College of Arts and Law is home to outstanding teachers, researchers and professionals who will support you on your journey to, through and beyond University to provide challenging education and support successful careers."

  • Professor Michael Whitby, Head of College

The College of Arts and Law is committed to supporting you during your journey to university, during your time here as a student, and beyond. From working with local schools and colleges and supporting you throughout your transition to University, to offering research opportunities and study skills support and helping you develop and prepare for your post-University careers - we strive to help you get the most out of your academic experience.

University of Birmingham

Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives.

We continue this tradition today and have ambitions for a future that will embed our work and recognition of the Birmingham name on the international stage.

Universities are never complete. They develop as new challenges and opportunities occur. At Birmingham we innovate, we push the frontiers of understanding; we ask new research questions, we turn theory through experiment into practice – because that’s what great universities do.

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MA/Diploma/Certificate Religion, Politics and Society

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This new programme examines the major themes around the role of religion in politics and international relations in the contemporary world and allows you to research the role of religion in society and politics. [+]

This new programme examines the major themes around the role of religion in politics and international relations in the contemporary world and allows you to research the role of religion in society and politics, looking at both domestic and transnational contexts. It explores the theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches to the subject by focusing on the relationship between organised religions and the nation-state, as well as the global processes that promote religious conflict and conflict resolution. This programme is ideal for current and aspiring policymakers and analysts in international, national and regional institutions engaged in management of conflict, diversity, inter-religious relations and community development. All students will take two core modules: Religion in Contemporary Global Politics I Religion in Contemporary Global Politics II MA and Diploma students will also study a core module in Research Methods. If you are studying for the Certificate, you will choose one optional module, while MA and Diploma students will choose three optional modules. MA students will complete their programme with a 15,000-word dissertation, or a placement-based dissertation. Employability The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune. Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. Birmingham’s Theology graduates develop a broad range of transferable skills including: familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large quantities of information from diverse sources; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines; critical and analytical ability; the capacity for argument, debate and speculation; and the ability to base conclusions on statistical research. Over the past five years, over 92% of our postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. [-]

MA Art History and Curating

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

The MA in Art History and Curating is one of the few postgraduate programmes in the country that offers you the opportunity to work in a team with academic and museum professionals to curate an art exhibition in a public gallery [+]

The MA in Art History and Curating is one of the few postgraduate programmes in the country that offers you the opportunity to work in a team with academic and museum professionals to curate an art exhibition in a public gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. This unique programme enables you to develop the knowledge and skills to conduct original research into art objects, to understand at first hand the history, theory and contemporary practice of their curation and to disseminate your findings through a public art exhibition and a 15,000-word dissertation. The core components of the programme include the 60-credit ‘Curatorial Practices’ module – taught on a weekly basis in the Barber Institute – that provides you with a full range of skills to curate an exhibition, and a 20-credit 'Research Training and Methods' module which will help you to develop essential research skills. The programme also offers you the flexibility to select a further 40 credits of optional study from a range of complimentary practical, theoretical and historical modules. These include: a 12 week placement with a local gallery, auction house or other commerical arts organisation set up on your behalf; the application of digital technologies in art history; the theory of exhibitions; aesthetics and the philosophy of art. As a result, this unique programme will provide you with the knowledge, experience and employability skills invaluable to museum and academic sectors whilst enabling you to establish professional networks in both. You will study three core modules: - Curatorial Practices – taught by both academics and gallery professionals with leading expertise in the field, you will learn a range of skills related to the organisation of an exhibition including marketing, interpretation and curation - Postgraduate Research Training and Methods – covering topics such as referencing systems, writing a research proposal, literature reviews, approaching archives and oral histories, this module will prepare you for writing your dissertation - Criticism and Methods in the History of Art and Visual Culture – this module looks at the historiography, methods and theoretical underpinning of contemporary practices of artistic and visual analysis You will also choose two options from a range of practical, theoretical and historical modules including: Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art; Art History in the Field: Placements; Cultural Analysis; Digital Cultures; and Theorising Exhibitions Employability The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune. Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. Birmingham's History of Art graduates develop a broad range of transferable skills, including: familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large quantities of information from diverse sources; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines; critical and analytical ability; the capacity for argument, debate and speculation; and the ability to base conclusions on detailed research. Our History of Art postgraduates also have the advantage of gaining hands-on experience at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts: the university's on-campus art gallery which is home to the Department of Art History, Film and Visual Studies. Over the past five years, 100% of History of Art postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Many graduates enter occupations relating to gallery and museum curatorship, management and research; others pursue careers in academia. Employers that our graduates have gone on to work for include: Barber Institute of Fine Arts; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Bodleian Library; National Portrait Gallery; Royal Birmingham Society of Artists; University of Birmingham; and Victoria and Albert Museum. [-]

MA Film and Television: Research and Production

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

Film and Television: Research and Production is a uniquely constructed taught MA that places employability at the heart of the [+]

Film and Television: Research and Production is a uniquely constructed taught MA that places employability at the heart of the programme. Utilising a combination of theoretical approaches, critical engagement, creative practice and hands-on training, this MA is designed to provide you with a broad range of skills that will be directly applicable within the film and television industries. It combines rigorous academic training in research skills and methodology with technical and vocational training in designing, researching and editing programmes. It also includes a unique work placement of up to 12 weeks in the media industry. Excellent communication skills, with high standards of both written and spoken English, are essential for this MA. You will study three core modules:... [-]


MA Global History

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

By expanding the scale at which historians would normally operate, our Global History MA will present you with an opportunity to think with growing confidence and imagination about your world. [+]

MA Global History The aim of this course is to put something very big under the microscope. By expanding the scale at which historians would normally operate, our Global History MA will present you with an opportunity to think with growing confidence and imagination about your world, its origins, its complexities and continuous transformations across a uniquely broad geographical and chronological scope. You will be taught the latest skills, concepts and approaches to the subject, and you will share in the imaginative challenges and intellectual vistas that this exciting new field of history is opening up. It is from this largest of historical perspectives that you will be invited to choose your own specialist research topic, culminating in a supervised 15,000-word dissertation. Details You will study four core modules (full descriptions available below): Global Histories: Comparisons and Connections Making Sense of the World: Themes in Global History Historical Methods: Research Skills Research Methods and Skills: Dissertation Preparation You will also choose two optional modules, or a double special-subject module, from a wide range available from across the Department of History. You will complete the MA with a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice. Fees and funding Scholarships and studentships Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Entry requirements You will need an Honours degree in a relevant subject, such as History, Politics, Cultural Studies, normally of an upper second-class standard. International students Academic requirements We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country. English language requirements You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: by holding an English language qualification to the right level by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students Learning and teaching Learning and teaching takes on this course place via seminars, tutorials, reading texts on theory and methods and your own research on primary sources. You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College. Support with academic writing As a postgraduate student in the College of Arts and Law, you have access to the Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) which aims to help your transition from undergraduate to taught Masters level, or back into academia after time away. The service offers guidance on writing assignments and dissertations for your MA/MSc programme with individual support from an academic writing advisor via tutorials, email and the provision of online materials. International students can access support through the English for International Students Unit (EISU). Employability The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune. Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. Birmingham’s History graduates develop a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by a range of employers. These skills include: familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large quantities of information from diverse sources; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines; critical and analytical ability; the capacity for argument, debate and speculation; and the ability to base conclusions on statistical research. Over the past five years, over 92% of History postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Some of our History postgraduates go on to use their studies directly, for example in heritage, museum or archivist work. Others use their transferable skills in a range of occupations from finance to civil service to fundraising. Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: Alcester Heritage Network; HSBC; KPMG; Ministry of Defence; and the National Trust. [-]

MA International Heritage Management

Campus Full time 12 months September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

This programme is appropriate for people working or planning to work in conservation and recording agencies, museums, tourism, environmental education, archaeology and landscape design and planning. [+]

MA International Heritage Management This programme is appropriate for people working or planning to work in conservation and recording agencies, museums, tourism, environmental education, archaeology and landscape design and planning. It seeks to deliver the critical skills that those working in the heritage sector require to find employment in the sector or to carry on to research in heritage. Delivered with the benefit of external speakers drawing on their own experiences of the sector and visits to heritage sites gives the programme a particularly rich learning environment. This programme is also available by distance learning – see International Heritage Management MA (distance learning). Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught Details You will study five core modules [full descriptions available below]: Critical Approaches to Heritage Heritage Conservation Management Heritage Management Practice Heritage Interpretation Research Skills and Methods You will take your module over the course of two semesters and also attend a one-week residential study school. You complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation. Our heritage management programmes are taught in the ERI building on the Birmingham Campus, where dedicated research space is available to students. The study week is based at the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site in Shropshire, and is run jointly by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and the University. Entry requirements International students Academic requirements We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country. English language requirements You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: by holding an English language qualification to the right level by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students Learning and teaching Teaching within modules takes many forms, including lectures, field work, debates, presentations and role-play. You will also work closely with a personal tutor throughout the course. You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College. Support with academic writing As a postgraduate student in the College of Arts and Law, you have access to the Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) which aims to help your transition from undergraduate to taught Masters level, or back into academia after time away. The service offers guidance on writing assignments and dissertations for your MA/MSc programme with individual support from an academic writing advisor via tutorials, email and the provision of online materials. International students can access support through the English for International Students Unit (EISU). Employability The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune. Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. Graduates from the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage can boast a wide combination of skills that can be applied to a number of careers, including museums work, conservation and regeneration, the management of historic buildings and landscapes, and cultural tourism. Over the past five years, over 93% of our postgraduates were work and/or further study six months after graduation. Employers that our graduates have gone on to work for include: Arts Council Wales; BBC; Birmingham Museums Trust; National Trust; National History Museum; and Tower of London. [-]

MA Literature and Culture

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This programme draws on the wide research expertise of the School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham. [+]

MA Literature and Culture This programme draws on the wide research expertise of the School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham in order to develop your critical and analytical skills in the field of literary and cultural studies. You can either take a general route through the programme, choosing core and optional modules from a variety of literary periods, or take one of a number of pathways, each focusing on a different period or literary genre. Possible pathways may include: Reformation to Reform; The Long Nineteenth Century; Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature. A wealth of optional modules relating to your pathway, taught by leading international scholars, allow you to specialise in areas which suit your particular interests and you will also complete a supervised 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice. In addition to these optional and core modules, this programme is unique in offering you the chance to gain hands-on independent archival research and direct experience of relevant non-academic careers Please note: We also offer opportunities to specialise in medieval literature via the MA Medieval Studies and MRes Medieval Studies. Details This programme will provide a solid grounding in the key intellectual debates within scholarship on a range of period and context specialisms and develop the skills required for writing a research thesis. It includes a mixture of compulsory and optional modules taken across the autumn and spring semesters: Semester 1: Core Period module 1; Period Option 1; Research Skills Semester 2: Core Period module 2; Period Option 2; Period Option 3 Over the course of the year you will also complete a supervised 15,000-word dissertation, to be submitted in September. You will undertake independent research, which may be based on but will extend work undertaken for previous modules in the programme. There should be some element of originality in the research and the research may make some contribution to the field of study. Core modules Your core modules will be from the same pathway, if you are specialising in a literary period, or can be from different pathways if you are taking a general route through the degree. Reformation to Reform pathway: Writing Revolutions 1: Politics, Publics and Professionalism in Literary Culture, 1580-1700 and Writing Revolutions 2: Politics, Publics and Professionalism in Literary Culture, 1700-1832 The Long Nineteenth Century pathway: Literature and Aesthetics in the Long Nineteenth Century; Cultures and Literatures of the Long Nineteenth Century Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature: Modernism; Contemporary Literature. All pathways also include a compulsory ‘Research Skills’ module. For full descriptions, see 'modules' below. Optional modules You will choose three optional modules from a range covering a variety of authors and themes from the medieval period to the 21st century. If you are following a pathway through the MA, at least two of these optional modules will be taken from a set group relevant to your chosen literary period. If you are following a more general route through the degree you can pick optional modules from any literary period. Optional modules are each assessed by a 4,000-word essay. Alongside the programme you will also have the chance to participate in a bespoke MA conference and form part of the department’s thriving academic research community. Entry requirements You should already have completed an honours degree in English Literature or in a cognate subject with a heavy literary element, with at least a high upper-second-class (65 or above) result, or a 3.5/4.0 GPA; candidates with joint honours in English Literature and another cognate subject, or single honours in a cognate subject that includes substantial work in English Literature, are also encouraged to apply. All successful candidates must have a very high competence in written English, and are assumed to have extensive undergraduate exposure to literary studies in English across a broad historical range. All prospective students must also submit a sample of written work as part of the online application process. You can do this before you submit your form, or return to the application to upload your sample at a later date; however, we will need to see your piece of writing before an offer is made. This should be a piece of academic writing from your first degree, on English (or Anglophone) literature, that demonstrates your ability as a critic and scholar of literature. (Please note that journalism and creative writing - including poems, stories, or memoirs - are not acceptable.) We cannot read more than about 1500 words of submitted written work, so please either send something of that length, or indicate within a longer work what you would like us to read. You must submit a personal statement. This should be an account of your current, developed literary interests arising from your undergraduate or other literary studies and should indicate your plans to extend these as a postgraduate student of English literature. International students Academic requirements We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country. English language requirements You can satisfy our English language requirements by holding an English language qualification to the right level; for this course, we ask for IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band. Employability The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune. Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. Birmingham's English Literature postgraduates develop a range of skills including presentation, communication and analytical skills, as well as the ability to work independently, think critically and develop opinions. Over the past five years, over 90% of English Literature postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Many of our graduates go on to further study or academia, while others use their transferable skills in a wide variety of occupations including accounting, the charity sector, teaching, local government, law, publishing and media. Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: Birmingham Museums Trust; Bloomsbury Publishing; Civil Service; Coventry Arts and Heritage Trust; House of Commons; and University of Kent. [-]

MA Philosophy

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

On this programme you will be able to choose from a variety of modules covering key areas in Philosophy. These include: philosophy of mind and cognitive science; ethics, metaethics and global ethics; epistemology and [+]

On this programme you will be able to choose from a variety of modules covering key areas in Philosophy. These include: philosophy of mind and cognitive science; ethics, metaethics and global ethics; epistemology and metaphysics; philosophy of language; philosophy of health and happiness; value of life. You will be taught by a vibrant community of philosophers, pursuing original research on a wide range of topics on which expert supervision is available. This programme can also be used as a route into PhD research. You will take a core research skills module and then select five modules from a range of options offered by Philosophy (including the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics) and other departments. Available modules within Philosophy include: Epistemology God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life Metaphysics Philosophy of Cognitive Science Philosophy of Health and Happiness Philosophy of Language Philosophy of Mind Value of Life Research Seminar You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation Employability The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune. Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. Birmingham's Philosophy postgraduates develop a range of skills that are highly desirable in the job market, including: articulacy; precise analytical thought; clarity; rigour in formulating complex problems; and the ability to analyse and construct sound arguments. Over the past five years, over 93% of Philosophy postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Due to the transferable nature of their skills, Philosophy postgraduates traditionally enter a wide range of employment areas, from the Civil Service to finance. Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: Afrikids (child rights organisation); Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust; Muslim Scout Fellowship; Rights and Humanity; University of Birmingham; and University of Edinburgh. [-]

MA Shakespeare and Creativity

Campus Full time 12 months United Kingdom

This new programme offers a unique approach to the study of Shakespeare’s life and work, fusing traditional scholarly approaches with the thrill of being involved in new creative work. It makes the most of the unrivalled [+]

This new programme offers a unique approach to the study of Shakespeare’s life and work, fusing traditional scholarly approaches with the thrill of being involved in new creative work. It makes the most of the unrivalled resources of Shakespeare’s Stratford and involves expert tuition from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the new Library of Birmingham. This programme will attract aspiring academics, actors, writers, directors, arts administrators, as well as anyone with a lively interest in Shakespeare. We also offer the option to follow this programme at PhD level, combining the taught modules with a doctoral dissertation. This programme brings together academic, theatrical and civic interests in Shakespeare and creativity, generating a comprehensive and forward-looking conversation about what Shakespeare is and can be in today's world. You will produce traditional academic essays as well as creative work, all of which will explore Shakespeare’s potential in the modern world. You will study four core modules: Shakespearience Shakespeare and Theatre Practice (formerly Shakespeare and Creative Practice) The Shakespeare Ensemble Shakespeare and Society You will also choose two optional modules from a range of Shakespeare Institute modules, and complete the MA with a 15,000-word dissertation. Employability The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune. Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. Postgraduates at the Shakespeare Institute are able to develop a broad range of creative, research and theatre skills, as well as in-depth subject knowledge. In 2013, 99% of our postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. In recent years, our postgraduates have successfully entered a variety of sectors from teaching in secondary and higher education to performing arts, publishing, museums and library and archive work. Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: Imperial College London; National Trust; Royal Shakespeare Company; Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; The Grove Theatre; and University of Bristol. [-]