Politics (Certificate of Higher Education)

Year of entry



Central London


Fully Approved


Two to four years part-time


One evening a week for each module

This course allows you to develop an understanding of the nature of politics and government in contemporary societies, focusing on the major political issues and problems in the world today. 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. 

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  • 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 17thin the UK.
  • Our courses are designed to encourage independent thinking and hone your argumentative, analytical and critical skills, while our teaching uniquely moves across the boundaries between subjects, encompassing, among others, economics, history and sociology.
  • 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.

Progression to degrees at Birkbeck

If you complete 90 credits or more from the programme with a mark of 50% or above you can progress to Year 2 of Birkbeck's BA Politics degree.

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Course structure

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

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