Politics (Taught) Birkbeck, University of London

Accredited by: University of London

This Master's degree in 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 aims to develop your awareness of the essential requirements of in-depth research, including theory, design and methods. The programme also provides opportunities to explore substantive issues in the fields of political theory, political science, international relations and sociology.

  • Qualification

    Master of Research - MRes

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Bloomsbury Campus

  • Start date

    October 2017

  • Duration

    2 years

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Course details


You must successfully complete the following 5 components:

2 core research training modules; 2 option modules selected from the other modules offered by the Department of Politics at postgraduate level; A self-directed dissertation under the guidance of a member of the department's faculty on an approved topic in the area of politics, applying concepts or using methods taught on the research training courses. Core modules: Qualitative social research; quantitative social research. Option modules (choose 2): British, Russian, European and US government and politics; international relations and foreign policy; the politics of the Middle East; globalisation and international political economy; nationalism and ethno-religious conflict; political behaviour and communication; political sociology and political theory; public policy ideas, practices and processes; politics and religion; war, politics and society.

Assessment method

Core modules assessed by written examinations; option modules by a combination of coursework and written examinations. There is a dissertation element.

Entry requirements

Normally a good first degree in a relevant discipline. However, work experience and professional qualifications are also taken into account.
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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £3,975 Year 1
International £7,225 Year 1
England £3,975 Year 1
Northern Ireland £3,975 Year 1
Scotland £3,975 Year 1
Wales £3,975 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

All of our 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 4-year full-time (or 6-7 years part-time) programme of postgraduate study combining a taught Master's degree and a PhD. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

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