Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

History of Ideas

part-time, October to July 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. The introductory compulsory module explores key topics and questions within the history of ideas and will introduce you to the conceptual background needed for the historical study of ideas at postgraduate level. We offer a wide range of option modules, covering topics in periods from classical antiquity to the present day, including ancient philosophy, politics and ethics, Judaism and antisemitism, early modern politics, Darwinism and race in the nineteenth century, psychoanalysis, modernity and technology, and Islam and the politics of fundamentalism. You will also receive training in research skills to enable you to undertake the researching and writing of a dissertation on the topic of most interest to you.

Entry requirements

MA: Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. We offer a one-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.

Course modules

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

Assessment methods

Compulsory and option modules are assessed by essays of 5000-5500 words (four in total); you also write a dissertation of 15,000-16,000 words. Every module has an attendance requirement, so you will need to attend at least 60% of classes in order to pass.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 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