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

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved


4 years part-time


2-3 evenings a week, October to June

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.

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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.
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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.

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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.


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