Politics (BA): 4-year, part-time

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


Four years part-time


Two to three evenings a week

This course is ideal if you are interested in the major political issues and problems in the world today and want to develop skills that will allow you to participate effectively in arguments about politics. You will develop an understanding of the nature of politics and government in contemporary societies, compare and contrast the institutions and practices of government in different societies, and analyse different theories of politics and government.

A special feature of the programme is an optional module on Parliament, taught in conjunction with the House of Commons outreach service.

This course is also available for full-time evening study over three years.

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  • 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 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.
  • 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.
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Course structure

You take 12 modules over four years, including eight compulsory modules. Each module is worth 30 credits (360 credits in total).

  • In Year 1, you take three compulsory modules including either Modern Political Analysis OR Comparative Government, and choose one option module.
  • In Year 2, you take three compulsory modules.
  • In Year 3, you take two compulsory modules and choose one option module.
  • In Year 4, you choose two option modules and then either choose a further option module or undertake a dissertation.
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Year 1 compulsory modules

Year 2 compulsory modules

Year 3 compulsory modules

Indicative option modules

BA Politics dissertation

Please note that not all option modules are available every year and option modules are subject to change. Please check with the Department which option modules will be available for your year of study.


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