This innovative course draws together the disciplines of politics, philosophy and history in a unique combination and uses them to interrogate one another. The degree is unified by cross-disciplinary modules taught by members of all 3 contributing departments and taken by all of the students. In addition, you can choose option modules from a wide range of topics, such as the Third Reich, modern philosophy and the city in nineteenth-century Britain. The course prepares you to undertake a higher degree or to move into a career in education, the arts, politics or journalism.
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 March to September.
Politics, Philosophy and History (BA): 4-year, part-time (Part-time)
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: £
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Funding and Financial Support
Careers and employability
Teaching and assessment
A mixture of lectures and seminars.
By written examination in the summer term of the year in which modules are taken, or by a mixture of essay and examination-based assessment.