The BSc Social Sciences is a flexible, interdisciplinary degree that will give you the theoretical tools and knowledge to better understand the social-political world, why social inequality persists and how your own life experiences intersect with wider social structures, such as 'race', class and gender. The knowledge and skills that you will build on this programme are highly valued in today's world of work and will build your capacity as a thinker, communicator and analyst.
The course is structured around 4 courses that cover the fundamentals of social theory, social and public policy, and research methods. You can choose from over 30 option modules each year from across the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy, so you can make the degree your own, focusing on your own interests, strengths and experiences.
BSc Social Science students come from a range of backgrounds and pursue a wide spectrum of careers, including in central or local government, public policy, cultural industries, enterprise, social research and journalism. You will study in the evening alongside London's working professionals and be taught by academics who are world-leading researchers and experts in their field, committed to engaging and participatory teaching.
This course is available for full-time and part-time evening study in central London and Stratford.
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Social Sciences (BSc): 4-year, part-time, central London (Part-time)
This programme consists of modules worth a total of 360 credits, comprising 120 credits at Levels 4, 5 and 6 respectively.
A typical part-time route through the programme is as follows:
In Year 1, you are introduced to key contemporary debates in the social sciences and to university study in general. You take 1 compulsory module and choose option modules at Level 4 worth a total of 60 credits.
In Year 2, you study the debates associated with the social science disciplines about the person as an individual and as a member of multiple local, national and international collectivises. You are introduced to debates in social theory, drawing on a number of disciplinary perspectives. You are also introduced to the research methods used in the social sciences, including qualitative and quantitative techniques and related epistemological debates. You take 2 compulsory modules and choose a Level 5 option module worth 30 credits.
In Year 3, you are introduced to issues of social and public policy and how these relate to theoretical debates in the social sciences. You take 1 compulsory module, plus a Level 5 option module worth 30 credits and a Level 6 option module worth 30 credits.
In Year 4, you can either choose to undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits and option modules worth 30 credits, or you can choose option modules worth 90 credits.
To find out more, read our programme handbook.
Year 1 compulsory module
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory module
Indicative option modules
BSc Social Sciences dissertation (optional)
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
If you are returning to study, the Certificate of Higher Education in Higher Education Introductory Studies (Social Science Pathway) is accepted as an entry requirement onto the part-time BSc. The certificate can lead to exemption from Year 1 if you successfully complete designated modules to an appropriate standard.
Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in humanities or social science units.
Students who take modules worth 90 credit points with a minimum pass mark of 50% can progress into Year 2.
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: £
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Teaching and assessment
Most of the teaching will take the form of lectures and seminars. For the dissertation, learning will rely more heavily on one-to-one tutorials/supervisions. Students are encouraged through learning journals and other pieces of coursework to become self-aware and independent learners.
A range of assessment methods is used, for instance essays, other written tasks (e.g. learning journals, policy briefs), presentations and end-of-module examinations.