Student-led campaigns, such as ‘Why is My Curriculum White?’ and ‘Rhodes Must Fall’, have highlighted the Eurocentrism at the heart of university education.
Since launching the Black Studies undergraduate programme in 2017, Birmingham City University has taken a leading role in the current debates about race and the transformation of higher education.
Our MA Black Studies programme is an effort to provide an alternative rooted in the experiences, contributions and perspectives of Africa and the African diaspora. But our MA goes beyond diversifying the content of the curriculum and is built around the idea that what we learn in the University can be put to use to benefit the lives of communities outside the walls of the campus.
Our MA course is built around the following principles:
This course is brand new and we're just working on getting all the final details together. We'll be publishing detailed information about our new courses on the website over the next few weeks, as well as fees and how to apply. Sign up below and we'll send you an email as soon as more information is available.
Our work in Black Studies is linked to our world-leading research in the discipline and you will have the opportunity to engage in the leading-edge research events that we organise. As a research area, we have numerous international links that we are developing which we hope will further enhance the programme.
The content of this course has been refreshed and updated to make sure you graduate with the skills employers need in an ever-changing job market.
Our quality control experts are currently reviewing the content and we anticipate receiving formal approval shortly.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other social sciences, law, business and English students.
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
Realistic, simulated environments include two mock court rooms, a Magistrates' and Crown Court, and an interviewing suite. We’re also exploring the use of virtual environments as a way to develop case study analysis.
For those studying on the BA (Hons) Policing or BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation degrees, you’ll experience simulations of police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.
Crime investigation files are prepared using computer-based technology, and the crime data analysis requirements of the degree are supported by appropriate statistical and analytical software.
Psychology students can look forward to using state-of-the-art equipment as well, including the latest in eye-tracking software, and our new EEG machine, all geared towards giving you true hands-on experience with tools you’ll be using in your later career. You will also benefit from facilities across the wider campus including the Parkside and Millennium Point buildings.
Dr Martin Glynn is an experienced and internationally renowned criminologist, educator, theatre director, and dramatist with over 35 years’ experience of working in criminal justice, public health, and educational settings.