Birkbeck, University of London
Social and Political Theory
This Master's degree in politics explores pressing contemporary issues using political theory and sociology. Our focus is on the nature and workings of political power and authority and we will consider the relationships between states and societies and the place of politics and power in everyday life. As well as reading key classical texts of political theory and sociological analysis, we also analyse real-world contemporary problems and address fundamental questions of political power and social order. Topics studied include sovereignty, territory and state building, property and law, the legitimacy of political authority, democracy, violence and pluralism. As well as choosing option modules from the Department of Politics, you can select options from the Department of Psychosocial Studies and the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, thus offering you access to historical and psychosocial approaches to theory, politics and the social sciences. The core modules will give you the theoretical framework and confidence to explore and deepen your knowledge in the subjects you are most interested in. You will examine political power, how it originates and operates at an individual, social and political level, its relationship to sovereignty and the state, and how it intersects with issues such as justice and human rights, civil identity, democracy and economics. You will be equipped with the conceptual ideas, theoretical approaches and analytical research skills needed to study politics at postgraduate level.
MSc: Good degree in a social science or other relevant subject. Other qualifications may also be considered. 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.
For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.
Core modules assessed by written examinations; option modules assessed by coursework and examinations. There is a dissertation or a research portfolio element.
The course is recognised for tenure of Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships for full-time students; for UK or EU applicants intending to pursue research, ESRC studentships (1 year for the master's programme followed by 3 years of funding for research) may be available for candidates with a strong academic background.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|MSc||Full-time||October 2018||14,450 per Year 1 (International)||1 Years|
|MSc||Full-time||October 2018||7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||1 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||October 2018||7,225 per Year 1 (International)||2 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||October 2018||3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||2 Years|
|MSc||Full-time||October 2019||14,450 per Year 1 (International)||1 Years|
|MSc||Full-time||October 2019||7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||1 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||October 2019||3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||2 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||October 2019||7,225 per Year 1 (International)||2 Years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Bloomsbury Campus||WC1E 7HX||London|
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