The flexibility of this programme, and Birmingham’s unparalleled menu of optional modules, will enable you to develop high level skills within selected areas of expertise.
All students must take one core module: Graduate Research Skills: College of Arts and Law
MA and Diploma students take an additional core module: Questioning the Humanities
The remainder of the programme is made up of your choice of optional modules - two modules to complete the Certificate, or four modules to complete the MA or Diploma. These can be chosen from a wide range across the College in the following subject areas:
Classics and Ancient History
English Language and Linguistics
Sexuality and Gender Studies
Theology and Religion
We also offer a range of theory and skills modules across a variety of disciplines. Some modules will be available to study by distance learning as well as on campus. Additional module information is available below (see ‘modules’).
MA students must also complete a 15,000-word dissertation. This provides an ideal opportunity to complete an in-depth research project that reflects your personal interests; this could be interdisciplinary - based on a topic or theme that runs across your modules and/or is relevant to your prior experience - or focused on a particular disciplinary area.
All students must take one core module:
Graduate Research Skills: College of Arts and Law
This module develops the skills to support and undertake graduate level research in the Humanities. It includes training in core professional methodologies, good practice in research, ethics, and other fundamental graduate level skills, supported by a programme of online skills development materials.
MA and Diploma students take an additional core module:
Questioning the Humanities
This module develops your skills in critical enquiry, and it challenges you, in collaboration with academic staff, to identify and interrogate important debates and topics on which the Humanities as a whole can shed light, and make a difference.
Designing, interrogating, and proposing creative responses to these themes or questions as part of a programme of research-led learning is at the heart of this module. Each fortnight, you will tackle one substantial topic; your work is structured around the fortnightly expert lecture and two connected seminars, independent and team work, and meetings with their project-mentor. In addition, you will receive training in public engagement to facilitate your end-of-module presentation.
The remainder of the programme is made up of your choice of optional modules – two modules to complete the Certificate, or four modules to complete the MA or Diploma. These can be chosen from a wide range across the College; for more information, download the indicative module list (PDF - 548KB). Please note that not all modules may be available in a particular year.
Fees and funding
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2015/16 are as follows:
- Home/EU: £6,210 full-time; £3,105 part-time
- Overseas: £14,140 full-time
- Home/EU: £4,140 full-time; £2,070 part-time
- Overseas: £9,427 full-time
- Home/EU: £2,070 full-time or part-time
- Overseas: £4,715 full-time
For part-time students, the above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in year two of your programme.
Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments.
Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students
Learn more about postgraduate tuition 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.
University of Birmingham graduates may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.
Learn more about entry 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:
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