Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Constitutional Politics, Law and Theory

This unique Master's degree in law reflects the traditional neglect of constitutionalist approaches to politics in Britain - something which is now changing fast. As the utopia of the 'end of history' falters, the rhetoric of security and risk, of crisis in the relation between financial markets and sovereign states, of perpetual war, and of corruption in politics brings about a relentless desire for law and constitutional reform. These expectations, however, are often at odds with the way contemporary social and political theories, and a growing number of constitutional law specialists, conceptualise the sphere of the political. The focus is on two related but distinct processes: the crisis of law and the shift towards exceptional modes of state power; and the demand that law mitigates manifold crises. Questions are raised about law as solution, about its role in the violent imposition of liberal social and market relations, and whether or not we may be able to imagine a different sort of crisis, a different relation between law and the future. This programme adopts a critical, interdisciplinary approach and gives equal weight to theory and comparative case studies from across the world. **HIGHLIGHTS** - Studying the interrelation of law and politics requires, by definition, an interdisciplinary and critical approach - the Birkbeck School of Law specialises in this kind of approach. - Our School is an internationally recognised centre for critical and interdisciplinary legal research. It provides an exciting and innovative environment for a wide range of research with a strong theoretical and policy focus, and our academic staff have valuable experience of constitutionalist politics in regions across the globe. The School is the home of Birkbeck Law Press and publishes Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought. - We use technology, such as electronic learning environments, to enhance teaching and learning. Birkbeck Library has an extensive collection of books, journals and electronic resources in law and related disciplines such as economics, politics and sociology. You can also take advantage of the rich research collections nearby, including those of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Senate House Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE Library) and the British Library. - Applicants with a strong academic background may be eligible to apply for AHRC/ESRC awards (UK and EU-based applicants only). - Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our Master's degrees can apply for School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards.

Entry requirements

LLM: Good second-class honours degree in law or a related discipline. Degrees from overseas institutions must be equivalent to a UK second-class degree. Other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience welcome.

Course modules

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

Assessment methods

Final assessment for most compulsory and option modules is based on a 4000-word essay. If you choose the dissertation option, you will be required to submit a dissertation of 8000-10,000 words.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 16,800 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
LLM Part-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
LLM Part-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
LLM Part-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
LLM Part-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
LLM Part-time October 2019 16,800 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
LLM Part-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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