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The Study of Politics

The common understanding of 'politics' is that it is something that politicians do. But politics goes far beyond this, encompassing a wide array of social groups and institutions. The Study of Politics short course gives you the tools to study politics in its wide-ranging forms. You will learn about the character of argument and evidence in the study of politics and in the social sciences more broadly. It will help you to recognise the strengths and weaknesses in arguments concerning political events and processes and to analyse evidence and deploy it in your own work.

This short course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Mon 05-Oct-20 7pm-8.30pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSPO017S4AAA

First class: Thu 08-Oct-20 7pm-8.30pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSPO017S4AAB