• Status: Fully Approved
  • Duration:

    Normally 2-4 years part-time

  • Attendance:

    One 3-hour evening class per week for 10 weeks for each module, with a 1-week (reading week) break.

    About 8 hours of independent study per week is required for each module.

  • Location:

    Central London

Programme overview

What are the major political issues and problems in the world today? This course allows you to develop an understanding of the nature of politics and government in contemporary societies. You will compare and contrast the institutions and practices of government in different societies and analyse and critique different theories of politics and government. You will also gain the skills to allow you to go on to further study in politics and the social sciences. Why not take this opportunity to study politics in action?

How to apply

There is an entrance task for new students: you will need to write a short paragraph about why you want to study politics. For more information please contact the subject administrator.

This is a modular enrolment certificate, so you will need to enrol for individual modules. Please click on the Course Structure tab and then click on the title of individual modules to sign up.

Course structure

To gain the Certificate of Higher Education, you must successfully complete 4 compulsory 30-credit modules, worth a total of 120 credit points.

Compulsory modules

Option modules

Entry requirements

All modules are taught at university level and you should be able to read, write and speak English fluently. If you need extra language support you should consider enrolling on one of our academic English and language development modules.

New students will have to complete an entrance task.


Fees are payable per module and vary depending on the course. Please click on the Course Structure tab and then click on the title of individual modules to see the fees for each module. The overall cost of the certificate will depend on the modules you choose.

Careers and employability

Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

Birkbeck offers a wide range of free careers support and advice for students.

Teaching and assessment


Mainly lectures and seminars, with some workshops and tutorials


A mixture of coursework and examinations