This course is ideal if you are interested in the major political issues and problems in the world today and want to develop skills that will allow you to participate effectively in arguments about politics. You will develop an understanding of the nature of politics and government in contemporary societies, compare and contrast the institutions and practices of government in different societies, and analyse different theories of politics and government.
A special feature of the programme is an optional module on Parliament, taught in conjunction with the House of Commons outreach service.
Our Department of Politics is a lively and distinguished centre of interdisciplinary research, with a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching. Some of the world’s most famous libraries are on our doorstep in Bloomsbury, central London, and you can walk down to Whitehall, where Parliament and the UK’s most influential and important think-tanks and centres of political research and analysis are located.
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.
This course is also available for full-time evening study over 3 years.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
Please apply before the end of August, although later applications may be accepted, subject to availability of places.
Interviews are held from February onwards.
Politics (BA): 4-year, part-time (Part-time)
You take 12 modules over 4 years, including 8 compulsory modules. Each module is worth 30 credits (360 credits in total).
In Year 1, you take 3 compulsory modules including either Modern Political Analysis OR Comparative Government, and choose 1 option module.
In Year 2, you take 3 compulsory modules.
In Year 3, you take 2 compulsory modules and choose 1 option module.
In Year 4, you choose 2 option modules and then either choose a further option module or undertake a dissertation.
Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
BA Politics dissertation
Indicative option modules
Please note that not all option modules are available every year and option modules are subject to change. Please check with the Department which option modules will be available for your year of study.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
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.
Students who have completed Birkbeck's Certificate of Higher Education in Politics and Government may be given entry to the second year of the degree.
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.
Part-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
Payment and Fees Discounts
Funding and Financial Support
Careers and employability
Our graduates go on to careers in local and national government, the diplomatic service, policy work, the voluntary sector and as researchers and journalists.
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
Lectures and seminars, with some workshops and tutorials.
Coursework and examinations