Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Politics of Population, Migration and Ecology

This Master's degree in politics considers the increasingly pressing political issues of population and demography. World population is growing fast: having trebled in approximately a century, the UN projects an increase from today's seven billion to around 11 billion by the end of the twenty-first century. This unique programme explores where this growth is occurring and considers the environmental, economic, political and global implications for both developing and developed countries. We will consider policy debates and responses to population growth and stabilisation, as well as the effects of ageing populations on economies, welfare systems and defence and security. Under the guidance of expert academics, you will examine how ethnic, religious and national identities intersect with questions of resources and population around the world. You will be introduced to a spectrum of methodological approaches, including quantitative techniques for analysing and projecting demographic change, discourse analysis of policy documents, and historical case studies of political debates and movements. There will be an opportunity to read some of the classic works on population, such as Adam Smith, Malthus, J. S. Mill and Marx, as well as to study more recent ideas, including demographic transition theory and the environmental concept of the Anthropocene. You will be invited to examine unique case studies using methodologies that include data analysis, critical theory (Marxism, genealogy and critical discourse analysis) and policy analysis. Highlights - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17th in the UK. - The programme allows you to follow your own interests, with a wide choice of option modules, while developing your research skills and undertaking a dissertation in an area that interests you. - The Department organises a lively programme of seminars and conferences and is home to affiliated research centres, such as the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life, which run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.

Entry requirements

MSc: A good degree in social science or another relevant subject. Other qualifications may also be considered.

Course modules

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

Assessment methods

Each taught module requires you to submit an essay (approximately 3000 words) and sit a three-hour examination in May/June.

Qualifications

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

Campus details

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

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Key information

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Department of Politics
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02076316780