Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict

This Master's degree in politics considers how ethnic, national and religious identities intersect and how they cause conflict and violence within and between states. In Western countries, many majority ethnic groups are bemoaning a loss of national identity and sovereignty, while smaller nations and ethnic-national groups press for devolution or independence at the expense of larger nation-state formations. Religiously inspired conflict, especially, but by no means only, in the Muslim world, is a further major source of global insecurity. This programme draws on research in comparative politics, history, sociology, cultural and genetic anthropology, political theory and international relations to offer comprehensive, balanced analyses of contemporary political controversies. Alongside theoretical approaches, we will examine ethnic and national conflict via a wealth of real-world case studies that cover every corner of the globe. The programme provides the analytical tools you will need to examine problems of national, ethnic and religious conflict in their broader political context.

Course modules

You take 2 core modules, choose from a range of option modules and write a dissertation. A range of thematic or regional option modules allow you to tailor the degree to your own specific personal or career interests. Core modules: Nationalism and ethno-religious conflict; nationalism in international context. Option modules: British, US and European government and politics; international relations, international security, and US foreign policy; politics of globalisation and international political economy; politics, policy and administration of the EU; political theory and political sociology; politics and religion; policy analysis, policy-making processes and comparative public policy; public management and public sector reform; research methods.

Assessment methods

Core modules assessed by written examinations; option modules assessed by coursework and written examinations. There is a dissertation element.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Politics
Telephone number: 
02076316780