Birkbeck, University of London

Introduction to Politics Birkbeck, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of London

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This course provides an introduction to studying politics at university and will help you develop the learning approaches and study skills you need to progress to an undergraduate degree in politics, including Birkbeck's BA Politics.

This flexible, one-year course has been specifically designed for people who want to study politics at university level, but who don't have any qualifications or are returning to study after a break from formal education.

Highlights

  • Our academic staff are international authorities in their respective fields, delivering stimulating teaching that is specially designed for people returning to study.

  • You will have access to the University of London's wealth of study resources, including Birkbeck Library, which has an extensive history collection, including the major specialist journals, and access to online materials.

  • Our Department of Politics is over 40 years old and has a reputation for the excellence of its teaching and its internationally significant research.

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17th in the UK.

Course details

Modules

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

Assessment method

You usually complete three or four pieces of assessed work for each module, which will total around 5000 words. You also complete a timed in-class assessment in at least one module on the programme.

Tasks include critical analysis of specific sources, essays, reports, case studies, oral presentations, reflective commentaries, written tasks and learning reviews.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code L200
Institution code B24
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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 6.0, with not less than 5.5 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

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

We welcome applications from applicants without traditional entry qualifications. We assess by interview and application your suitability for degree level study, taking into account the knowledge and skills that you have gained since leaving formal education.

This programme has no specific formal entry requirements. It is not suitable if you already have an undergraduate degree.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £13,675 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The fees shown are for 2019/20 academic year. Those for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed.

Provider information

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Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
Bloomsbury
Camden
WC1E 7HX


Course contact details

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Birkbeck Student Advice Service

0203 907 0700