Year of entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
Four years part-time
Two to three evenings a week, October to June
This programme is offered jointly by our and our , which gives you the opportunity to study current political ideas and events in combination with an understanding of the wider historical context of the modern world. The study of history and politics develops the ability to understand how people lived, acted and thought in the past, and the ways in which they act politically in the present. We encourage you to assess written and material evidence and to question accepted histories and explanations, and to construct and present your own arguments.
The course includes a wide variety of options across both disciplines, from the history of Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Britain, to the study of social and political theory, the analysis of authoritarianism and repressive regimes, and parliamentary democratic practice. The degree provides a mix of core modules which establish disciplinary approaches and methods, and a choice of modules which will allow you to pursue particular themes that interest you. You will gain a mix of skills drawn from the two disciplines: the ability to analyse data of different types, to understand the context and meaning of events, and to relate the study of the past to current political issues and developments.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
- 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.
- Our academic staff are international authorities in their respective fields, delivering stimulating teaching.
- Our wide-ranging programmes encompass fascinating periods and areas of study, from human prehistory through to classical civilisation, the medieval and early modern periods, and on to twenty-first-century history, politics and international relations.
- Our Department of Politics is over 40 years old and has a reputation for the excellence of its teaching and its internationally significant research.
The programme consists of 12 modules of 30 credits each, for a total of 360 credits. There are three kinds of module: compulsory Level 4 modules in core skills; Level 5 option modules which develop knowledge across broad areas of study; and Level 6 option modules which provide focused study on advanced topics. You take a balance of modules between the two disciplines.
The course structure is as follows:
- In Year 1, you take two compulsory Politics modules and one compulsory History module.
- In Year 2, you take two compulsory History modules (one of which must be Exploring the Past) and choose a Level 5 Politics option module.
- In Year 3, you choose a Level 5 History option module, a Level 5 Politics option module, and an additional Level 6 option module from either discipline.
- In your final year, you choose a Level 6 History option module, a Level 6 Politics option module, and a Level 6 option module from either discipline.
Year 1 History compulsory modules (choose one)
Year 1 Politics compulsory modules
Year 2 History compulsory modules (choose two)
Year 2 Politics compulsory modules (choose one)
- Contemporary British Politics
- Transformations in Modern Politics: Democracy, Conflict and Globalisation
History indicative option modules
- Body Politics: Health, Illness and Death in Britain
- Contested Nation: Germany, 1871-1918
- Crime, Poverty and Popular Protest in England, 1500-1800
- Family, Society and Culture in Britain 1832-1918
- Later Medieval London 1450-1560: Community Politics and Religion
- Literature, Culture and Society 1914-1945
- Popular Culture in American History, 1870 to the Present
- Sexuality, Society and the State in Britain, 1914-2000
- The Athenian Empire
- The Colonial Gaze: Western Perceptions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 1600-1960
- The Empire of Letters: Correspondence in the Roman World
- The Ottoman Empire
- The Third Reich
- Work and Play in Early Modern Britain
Politics indicative option modules
- American Politics and Foreign Policy
- Capitalism and the Politics of Markets
- Comparative Studies of Islamist Movements
- Empires: An Historical Sociology of International Relations
- Food, Politics and Society
- International Migration and Transnationalism
- Nationalism, Ethnicity and Religious Conflict
- Politics and the Middle East
- Politics, Power and Human Nature
- Russian Politics and Society, 1905 to Today
- Social and Political Theory
- War and Modern Society
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We assess each individual application for potential and talent and admission is by a combination of application and interview.
UCAS tariff points
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.
Both Birkbeck's Certificate of Higher Education in Higher Education Introductory Studies and Certificate of Higher Education in History and Archaeology can lead to exemption from Year 1.
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 and finance
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 6935 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 9750 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
Teaching will be through a mixture of lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials.
Most modules are assessed through a balance of examination (held in the summer term) and coursework, with coursework usually comprising two essays of c.2000 words for each module taken.
Every module you take includes some form of assessment and, in addition, an attendance requirement, so you will need to attend at least 60% of classes in order to pass.
You can choose whether or not to pursue a final-year dissertation project.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue careers in journalism, education and politics. This degree may also be useful in becoming a higher education lecturer, museum/gallery curator, civil service fast-streamer or charity officer.
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.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link.
Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.
Application deadlines and interviews
We encourage you to apply as early as possible, though we still consider applications up to the end of September.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
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