Year of entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
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.
This course is also available for.
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.
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
- Comparative Government
- Modern Political Analysis (Level 4)
- The Study of Politics
- Transformations in Modern Politics: Democracy, Conflict and Globalisation
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
BA Politics dissertation
Indicative option modules
- British and comparative foreign policy analysis
- Capitalism and the Politics of Markets
- Comparative Studies of Islamist Movements
- International Organisations
- Introduction to Global Politics
- Introduction to International Political Economy
- Parliamentary Studies
- Political Transformations
- Politics of Identity, Culture and Conflict
- Politics, Power and Human Nature
- Russian Politics and Society, 1905 to Today
- The Evolution of the International System
- The United States in International Politics
- War and Modern Society
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 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 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'smay 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 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.
Lectures and seminars, with some workshops and tutorials.
Coursework and examinations
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
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.
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. Please note that online application will open in October 2016.
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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.
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.
Birkbeck is committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies. Find out about what is available, how to apply and the advice and support we provide.
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