Birkbeck, University of London

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of London

Politics (Taught)

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Course summary

Our MSc Politics offers you a broad yet distinctive perspective on the study of politics with the flexibility to pursue your interests further in a wide range of option modules. Drawing on the long history of cross-disciplinary collaboration in politics at Birkbeck, this master’s degree offers you sociological, geographical and historical lenses on political thought and action. This MSc Politics also provides you with the conceptual insights and structured empirical knowledge relevant to any area where collective decision-making is needed to address societal issues. Whether you are looking to engage in traditional politics or new forms of political mobilisation, the MSc Politics will furnish you with relevant skills you will be able to apply fully to a career in this arena. Our MRes Politics will develop your understanding of research methodologies and techniques in politics to an advanced level, enabling you to undertake your own independent research. It provides an intellectually stimulating guide to politics research and will develop your awareness of the essential requirements of in-depth research, including theory, design and methods. The course also provides opportunities to explore substantive issues in the fields of political theory, political science, international relations and sociology. Highlights

  • Our Department of Politics organises a lively programme of seminars and conferences and is home to affiliated research centres, such as the Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life, which run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.
  • Our academic staff are international authorities in their respective fields, publishing and delivering stimulating teaching in a wide range of political topics including civil society and the state, public policy, development, gender, international security and terrorism, and social and political theory, among others.
  • Our location in central London puts us at the heart of the UK’s political life and at the centre of academic London. You can walk down to Parliament and Whitehall, while Bloomsbury contains some of the world’s most famous libraries and centres of research. Our departmental building was once a key location for members of the Bloomsbury Group, so you could be studying in rooms that have hosted distinguished visitors, including T.S. Eliot, George Bernard Shaw and Maynard Keynes.
  • You can take advantage of the rich research collections nearby, including Senate House Library, which is right next door to Birkbeck, the British Library, which is five minutes’ walk away, and the British Library of Political and Economic Science at the London School of Economics, which is walkable from Birkbeck. Birkbeck Library has a large politics collection, including the major specialist journals, and provides you with access to an extensive range of online materials.
  • Birkbeck's MRes degrees are recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for the award of 1+3 studentships. These studentships are designed to fund students for a four-year full-time (or six-/seven-year part-time) programme of postgraduate study combining a taught Master's degree and a PhD.

Course details

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Depending on the module: essays, research projects, take-home exams and unseen exams, quizzes and seminar logs. Also a dissertation.


How to apply

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9810 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9810 Year 1
Scotland £9810 Year 1
Wales £9810 Year 1
International £18030 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Politics at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS