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

    4 years part-time

  • Attendance:

    2-3 evenings a week, October to June

  • Location:

    Central London

Programme overview

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

You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link. Please note that online application will open in October 2016.

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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

Please apply before the end of August, although later applications may be accepted, subject to availability of places.

Interviews are held from February onwards.

Online application

Politics (BA): 4-year, part-time (Part-time)

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Birkbeck is a distinguished centre of research and teaching excellence in politics. Our central London location puts us at the heart of the UK's political life and at the centre of academic London.
  • 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.

Course structure

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 6935 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 9750 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 discount: Birkbeck offers a generous package of fees reductions and cash bursaries for new undergraduates and Certificate of Higher Education students. Also, 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

With a student loan, you will pay nothing upfront. Find out about loans, cash bursaries and fee reductions and check if you are eligible.

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

Teaching

Lectures and seminars, with some workshops and tutorials.

Assessment

Coursework and examinations

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17thin the UK.

Read about Birkbeck research that crosses disciplines and focuses on pressing questions within the social sciences and humanities.

Further study opportunities

We offer a wide range of Master's degrees in politics.

Not ready to do a degree?

We can support you to get on to the undergraduate course that’s right for you.

If you are not ready to study an undergraduate degree, check out our Certificates of Higher Education and short courses for another way into study.

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