Politics, Philosophy and History (BA): 4-year, part-time

Year of entry

2017

Start date

October 2017

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

4 years part-time

Attendance

2-3 evenings a week, October to June

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.

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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 Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is a world-renowned centre of original, influential research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. 94% of our eligible staff submitted research and we achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • Birkbeck's Department of Philosophy is a leading centre for philosophical research in the UK. All of our established members of academic staff are active researchers, and the Department’s excellence in both teaching and research is consistently reflected in UK and international surveys.
  • 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.
  • The PPH Society, run by students, organises regular study skills days, a weekend away, a journal and regular social events.
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Course structure

You take 360 credits over 4 years. Compulsory modules run throughout the year and are worth 30 credits. Option modules are either 15 credits (1 term of study) or 30 credits (full year).

You take 6 compulsory modules and choose 60 credits of options from each of the 3 disciplines.

For the remaining 30 credits, you have the choice of further taught modules from any of the 3 disciplines or a dissertation.

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Compulsory modules

Indicative politics option modules

Indicative philosophy option modules

Indicative history option modules

Sample timetable

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