Birkbeck, University of London

Politics, Philosophy and History Birkbeck, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of London

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This innovative course draws together the disciplines of politics, philosophy and history in a unique combination and uses them to interrogate one another. The degree is unified by cross-disciplinary modules taught by members of all three contributing departments and taken by all of the students. In addition, you can choose option modules from a wide range of topics, such as the Third Reich, modern philosophy and the city in nineteenth-century Britain. The course prepares you to undertake a higher degree or to move into a career in education, the arts, politics or journalism.

Highlights

  • Birkbeck is a distinguished centre of research and teaching excellence in politics. Our central London location puts us at the heart of the UK's political life and at the centre of academic London.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Read more about our Department's top news stories, our world-class research, our 40-year history, and what it's like to study with us.

  • Our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is a world-renowned centre of original, influential research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. 94% of our eligible staff submitted research and we achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.

  • The PPH Society, run by students, organises regular study skills days, a weekend away, a journal and regular social events.

Course details

Modules

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

Assessment method

Written examinations in the summer term of the year in which modules are taken, or a mixture of essay and examination-based assessment.


How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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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 6.5, 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

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 - 128 points
A level BBB - ABB

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

Alternative entry routes:
Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in humanities or social science units.

Students who have completed Birkbeck's Certificate of Higher Education in Politics and Government may be given entry to the second year of the degree.

You can progress onto this degree if you successfully complete the foundation year of our BA Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences with Foundation Year courses. This is an ideal route onto an undergraduate degree if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on this degree.

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Audition


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