• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration:

    2 years part-time or 1 year full-time

  • Attendance:

    2 evenings a week part-time or 4 evenings a week full-time.

  • Location:

    Central London

Programme overview

This Master's degree in politics considers the increasingly pressing political issues of population and demography. World population is growing fast: having trebled in approximately a century, the UN projects an increase from today's 7 billion to around 11 billion by the end of the twenty-first century. This unique programme explores where this growth is occurring and considers the environmental, economic, political and global implications for both developing and developed countries. We will consider policy debates and responses to population growth and stabilisation, as well as the effects of ageing populations on economies, welfare systems and defence and security. Under the guidance of expert academics, you will examine how ethnic, religious and national identities intersect with questions of resources and population around the world.

You will be introduced to a spectrum of methodological approaches, including quantitative techniques for analysing and projecting demographic change, discourse analysis of policy documents, and historical case studies of political debates and movements. There will be an opportunity to read some of the classic works on population, such as Adam Smith, Malthus, J. S. Mill and Marx, as well as to study more recent ideas, including demographic transition theory and the environmental concept of the Anthropocene. You will be invited to examine unique case studies using methodologies that include data analysis, critical theory (Marxism, genealogy and critical discourse analysis) and policy analysis.

How to apply

You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below.

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Application deadlines and interviews

There is no deadline for applications. However, our courses tend to fill up quickly, so we advise you submit your application by March.

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Politics of Population, Migration and Ecology (MSc) (Part-time)

Politics of Population, Migration and Ecology (MSc) (Full-time)

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17th in the UK.
  • The programme allows you to follow your own interests, with a wide choice of option modules, while developing your research skills and undertaking a dissertation in an area that interests you.
  • The department organises a lively programme of seminars and conferences and is home to affiliated research centres, such as the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life, which run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.

Course structure

You must successfully complete the following 5 components:

  • 2 core modules
  • 2 option modules
  • A self-directed dissertation under the guidance of a member of the department's faculty on an approved topic in the area of the politics of population, migration and ecology.

 

Option modules are usually available in:

  • British, Russian, European and US government and politics
  • International relations and foreign policy
  • The politics of the Middle East
  • Global governance and international political economy
  • Nationalism and ethno-religious conflict
  • Political sociology and political theory
  • Public policy ideas, practices and processes
  • Politics and religion
  • War, politics and society.

 

Please see timetable below where there are links to current module descriptions.

    Core modules

    MSc Politics of Population, Migration and Ecology Dissertation

    Sample timetable

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    Entry requirements

    A good degree in social science or another relevant subject. Other qualifications may also be considered.

    International entry requirements

    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.

    Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

    Fees

    Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
    Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
    Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
    Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa

    Payment and Fees Discounts

    Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

    Fees discounts: If you are a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

    Funding and Financial Support

    The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

    Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

    Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

    Careers and employability

    Graduates go on to careers in policy-making, campaigning, and journalism, in the areas of environmentalism, political demography, political ecology and political economy. Possible professions include government social research officer, social researcher, or newspaper journalist. This degree is also useful in becoming a local government officer or Civil Service fast streamer.

    Find out more about these professions.

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

    We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

    Teaching and assessment

    Teaching

    A combination of lectures and small group seminars.

    Assessment

    Each taught module requires you to submit an essay (approximately 3000 words) and sit a 3-hour examination in May-June.

    Further study opportunities

    This MSc provides a good foundation for students seeking to pursue MPhil/PhD studies in critical political and social theory, international relations, sociology, gender and ethnicity studies. The core modules can be taken along with Research Methods modules within the scheme of the MRes Politics.