Birkbeck, University of London

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of London

Business, Political Economy and Society (Taught)

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Course summary

The MSc Business, Political Economy and Society provides a fascinating insight into the impact of political, social, economic, technological and environmental issues on international business decisions and global strategies in an increasingly globalised world. Taught by a cross-disciplinary community of scholars from Birkbeck's departments of Management, Economics, Law and Politics, you will learn how to critically evaluate and assess business decisions in different political economy and social contexts. You will also be trained in key methodological research techniques enabling you to successfully draft business and political economic analysis. The course is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the increasingly popular field of political economy in both developed and developing countries. It also provides a strong foundation for PhD research in the area. Highlights

  • Birkbeck is a hub of expertise on political economy and, based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of business, political economy, entrepreneurship and institutional studies.
  • Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers and we regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.
  • Our research strengths are in political economy, institutional economics, employment and industrial relations, industrial policy, corporate governance, responsibility and sustainability, international business and strategy, innovation studies and entrepreneurship, knowledge economy, financial markets and accounting, sport management and marketing.
  • We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
  • This MSc is linked to the Birkbeck Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies (CPEIS) which hosts a series of public lectures, debates, seminars and symposia where you will meet high-profile speakers and experts in different fields of political economy and institutional studies.
  • You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available, as well as the Birkbeck Library and e-Library, and our computer labs.

Course details

Modules

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

Assessment method

A combination of examinations, coursework and a 12,000-word 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, foundation programmes and language support services 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.


English language requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £12450 Year 1
Northern Ireland £12450 Year 1
Scotland £12450 Year 1
Wales £12450 Year 1
International £19200 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.
Business, Political Economy and Society at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS