Year of entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
3 years full-time
3-4 evenings a week, October to July
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.
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.
Over 3 years you take 12 modules, each worth 30 credits (360 credits in total): 6 compulsory modules and 2 option modules from each of the 3 disciplines.
You then have the choice of 1 further taught module from any of the 3 disciplines, or a dissertation.
- Conceptions of the Human from the Enlightenment to Today
- Exploring the Past
- Introduction to the History of Philosophy
- Problems of Explanation and Interpretation
- Rise of the Modern State
- The Study of Politics
Indicative politics option modules
- British and comparative foreign policy analysis
- Capitalism and the Politics of Markets
- Comparative Studies of Islamist Movements
- Contemporary British Politics
- Democracy and Authoritarianism
- Introduction to International Political Economy
- Parliamentary Studies
- Political Transformations
- Politics, Power and Human Nature
- Russian Politics and Society, 1905 to Today
- Social and Political Theory
- The United States in International Politics
- War and Modern Society
Indicative philosophy option modules
- Berkeley and Leibniz
- Ethics and Politics
- Fiction and Language
- Hegel (Level 6)
- History of Philosophy
- Moral Responsibility (15 Credits, Level 6)
- Philosophical Logic
- Philosophy and Gender
- Philosophy of Art
- Philosophy of Mind
- Philosophy of Science
- Philosophy, Business and Society
- Political Power
- The Biology of Evil (15 Credits, Level 6)
- The Idea of Freedom
- The Philosophy of Kant
Indicative history option modules
- A Hundred Years of the Russian Revolution, 1891-1991
- British History from 1750
- Contested Nation: Germany, 1871-1918
- Divided Unity: France since 1870
- European History from 1500 to 1800
- Family, Society and Culture in Britain 1832-1918
- Later Medieval London 1450-1560: Community Politics and Religion
- Popular Culture in American History, 1870 to the Present
- The Birth of a Superpower: China from 1900 to the Present Day
- The British Empire, 1780-1960
- The Colonial Gaze: Western Perceptions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 1600-1960
- Work and Play in Early Modern Britain
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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.
UCAS tariff points
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.
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.
FeesFull-time home/EU students: £ 9250 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 13000 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
Written examinations in the summer term of the year in which modules are taken, or a mixture of essay and examination-based assessment.
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
Graduates can pursue careers in local and national government, policy work, research or journalism. This degree may also be useful in becoming a diplomatic services operational officer, civil service fast-streamer, charity officer or newspaper journalist.
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
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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.
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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.
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. We can give you the advice and support you need.
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Boost your career
Discover how Birkbeck's unique evening teaching, coupled with our comprehensive careers and employability services, can help you get ahead in a highly competitive job market.
Fees and payment
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