• UCAS Code: VL1F
  • Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration:

    3 years full-time

  • Attendance:

    3-4 evenings a week

    October to June

  • Location:

    Central London

Programme overview

This programme meets the rising demand to study the history of the twentieth century alongside international relations. It is a joint degree, offered by our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology and our Department of Politics, so you will be taught by world-class academics across 2 research-active departments. The course examines the global evolution of international relations, with an emphasis on in-depth historical studies supported by political and sociological analysis.

You will take introductory modules in international relations and modern and contemporary history (particularly related to Asia and Africa) in the first part of your degree. You will then take modules that offer both contemporary and historical approaches to Africa, Middle East, Asia (South Asia and East Asia in particular), as well as European countries. These choices are supported by a compulsory advanced module addressing conflict and war through the lens of international relations theory, as well as optional modules on foreign policy and historical studies of cases which have been central to the development of international relations such as the Cold War.

This course is also available for part-time evening study over 4 years.

How to apply

If you are applying for a 3-year, full-time undergraduate degree at Birkbeck, you have to apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). To apply, go to the UCAS homepage and click on 'Apply and Track'. You will have to register, giving UCAS a few personal details, including your name, address and date of birth, and then you complete an application form.

We assess each individual application for potential and talent and admission is by a combination of application and interview.

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UCAS Code

VL1F

Application deadlines and interviews

15 January is the first UCAS deadline and the majority of university applications through UCAS are made by then. We welcome applications outside of the UCAS deadlines, so you can still apply through UCAS after 15 January, depending on the availability of places. We also take late applications via the UCAS Clearing system in August.

Read more about key dates for UCAS applicants.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
  • Our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is ranked in the top 5 nationally and is a world-renowned centre of original, influential research.
  • Birkbeck is also a distinguished centre of research and teaching excellence in politics. Our Department of Politics is over 40 years old and has a reputation for the excellence of its teaching and its internationally significant research.
  • Our central London location puts us at the heart of the UK's political life and at the centre of academic London.
  • Our academic staff are international authorities in their respective fields, delivering stimulating teaching.
  • Our wide-ranging programmes encompass fascinating periods and areas of study, from human prehistory through to classical civilisation, the medieval and early modern periods, and on to twenty-first-century history, politics and international relations.
  • 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.
  • Birkbeck Library has an extensive history collection, including the major specialist journals, and access to online materials.

Course structure

This course consists of modules of 30 credits each and you must complete modules worth a total of 360 credits.

There are 3 kinds of module: compulsory Level 4 modules in core skills; Level 5 option modules which develop knowledge across broad areas of study; and Level 6 option modules which provide focused study on advanced topics. You take a balance of modules between the 2 disciplines - history and politics - or focus on either one of the disciplines at Level 6.

    In Year 1, you take 3 compulsory modules from politics and 1 compulsory module from history.

        In Year 2, you take 2 compulsory modules from history, a Level 6 option module from history and another Level 6 option module from politics.

            In Year 3, you take 1 compulsory politics module, a Level 6 history module and two Level 6 option modules from either history or politics.

            Read more about our current teaching timetable.

              Year 1 International Relations compulsory modules

              Year 1 History compulsory modules

              Year 2 History compulsory module

              Year 2 History compulsory modules

              Year 3 International Relations compulsory module

              Entry requirements

              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. 

              UCAS tariff points

              104

              The UCAS tariff system has changed for courses starting in September 2017 and is now calculated using a new number system. This means applicants applying for courses from October 2016 will see entry requirements and offers expressed using the new tariff.

              The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

              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.

              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 (2016/7)

              Full-time home/EU students: £ 9000 pa
              Full-time overseas students: £ 13000 pa
              Birkbeck reserves the right to increase tuition fees for full-time UK and EU students up to £9250 per year from September 2017, subject to confirmation of Government regulations.

              Payment and Fees Discounts

              Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

              Fees discount: Birkbeck offers a generous package of fee reductions and cash bursaries for new undergraduates and Certificate of Higher Education students. Also, if you are a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

              Funding and Financial Support

              With a student loan, you will pay nothing upfront. Find out about loans, cash bursaries and fee reductions and check if you are eligible.

              Careers and employability

              Graduates can pursue careers in research, education or national/international government. This degree may also be useful in becoming a political activist/lobbyist, journalist or charity officer.

              Find out more about these professions.

              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.

              Teaching and assessment

              Teaching

              Teaching will be through a mixture of lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials.

              Assessment

              Most modules are assessed through a balance of examination (held in the summer term) and coursework, with coursework usually comprising 2 essays of c.2000 words for each module taken.

              You can choose whether or not to pursue a final-year dissertation project.

              Our research

              Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

              Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

              In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked 6th 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.

              Read about Birkbeck research that crosses disciplines and focuses on pressing questions within the social sciences and humanities.

              Further study opportunities

              We offer a variety of Master's courses in both history and politics, and international relations.

              Not ready to do a degree?

              We can support you to get on to the undergraduate course that’s right for you.

              If you are not ready to study an undergraduate degree, check out our Certificates of Higher Education and short courses for another way into study.

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