Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

History of Ideas

This Master's degree in the history of ideas is concerned with excavating and understanding the lived reality of ideas. We consider how the study of the history of ideas can help us to interpret individual thinkers and their ideas and how these have shaped past societies. The history of ideas is a dynamic and expanding field and this programme enables you to pursue an exciting programme of study, exploring ideas comparatively and in their geographical, social and historical contexts. If you want to understand and investigate the relationship between ideas and actions across a wide variety of historical periods, geographical places, and theoretical and methodological perspectives, then this is the degree for you.

Entry requirements

MA: At least a 2nd-Class Honours degree, with good supporting references. We also offer a 1-year Graduate Certificate in history , which can be used as a conversion course if you want to study history at postgraduate level, but have a degree in a significantly different discipline. 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.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Core and option modules are assessed by essays of 5000 words (4 in total); dissertation of 15,000 words.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 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 History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone number: 
02076316268