Why study with us?
- The Department has a reputation for teaching excellence of which it is justly proud: in 2001 our programmes were given the top rating for our teaching provision by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), this rating was confirmed again in 2005 by a panel of internal and external reviewers.
- We offer expert supervision for MPhil/PhD research across the discipline, especially in political theory, political sociology, public policy, global politics, and nationalism.
- Our primary teaching commitment remains the provision of top-quality undergraduate and postgraduate education to part-time students in full-time employment.
Flexible course delivery
- All of our Master's programmes can be taken in one year full-time or two years part-time.
- Our MPhil/PhD can be taken either full-time or part-time.
- Most of our undergraduate students choose to study part-time, completing Bachelor's degrees in four years.
- Classes for BA and MA courses are scheduled in the evenings, while tutorials and PhD supervision take place at times mutually convenient for students and staff.
Excellence in research
- Our academic staff attract funding from a variety of sources to undertake cutting-edge research across a range of disciplines.
- In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 45% of our research output was deemed to be of international significance, with a proportion of that being judged either internationally excellent or world-leading.
- Our performance placed us in the top 20 Politics departments in the UK, alongside Durham, Manchester and Cambridge.
Central London location
- We are located in central London (WC1), at the heart of the University of London.
- We are based in 10 Gower Street, an elegant Regency house once frequented by famous Bloomsbury writers such as T.S. Eliot, Bernard Shaw and Maynard Keynes.
- Our location offers access to high quality learning resources: we are a 10 minute walk from the British Library, and just around the corner from the main Birkbeck building and the British Museum.
- We recognise no intellectual boundaries between politics, political history, political theory and sociology.
- Our degrees transcend these distinctions to provide a combination of expertise and course that has no equivalent in any other department in the UK.
- We aim to equip our graduates with a sophisticated understanding of the conceptual and theoretical bases of the disciplines, their methods of inquiry, and their domains of knowledge – read more about our aims.
Supportive learing envirionment
- Many of our students have established themselves professionally and, as a result, the breadth of knowledge they bring enriches the intellectual life of the Department for students and faculty alike.
- Every student is assigned a personal tutor, who can answer queries about your work and can assist you if you are experiencing difficulties.
- If you are coming back to studying after taking a break, we provide a wide range of learning support and skills training.
- Our staff and facilities are geared towards catering for busy professionals, making us quite distinctive from other institutions.