Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Global Environmental Politics and Policy

This programme combines critical social theory and detailed empirical analyses to explore contemporary global environmental politics and policy. It draws together the research and teaching expertise of 2 departments at Birkbeck - the Department of Politics and the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies - to deliver an ambitious curriculum, addressing conceptual and practical issues of climate change, resources, global scarcity, violence, demographic change and environmental crisis, together with an in-depth examination of key areas in contemporary environmental policy. The cross-disciplinary content of the programme means you can choose from a wide variety of specialised option modules across the 2 departments. You will develop the skills to engage with and analyse demographic and environmental change and to appreciate the tensions and contradictions they generate in the geopolitical realm, through the relationships between and across states and regions. You will learn about the principles, instruments and ethics of international environmental policy, governance and legislation, as well as acquiring detailed knowledge of environmental policies in relation to natural environment, water, waste, energy, low carbon, and resources on a local, national, regional and global scale.

Course modules

You take 2 core modules, worth 30 credits each, and then choose option modules to a total of 60 credits. There is a wide range of options available and you will be able to shape a programme of study that matches your interests while also deepening and expanding them. You also undertake an independent dissertation (60 credits) of 12,000-15,000 words. You can either complete your dissertation as an empirical study, with research methods training and supervision provided by the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies, or as a more theoretical intervention, with supervision and support from the Department of Politics. Full-time students complete everything in 1 year, whereas part-time students take 1 core module and 1 option module in Year 1 and the remaining core module and option module, as well as the dissertation, in Year 2. Core modules: Environment and Policy; Geopolitics, Population and Environment . Option modules: Climate Change; Energy and Climate Change; Environmental Reporting and Management Systems; Gender and Development; Global Conflict, Security and Humanitarianism; Global Governance; Nationalism and Ethno-Religious Conflict; Public Policy: Interests, Ideas, Institutions; Sustainable Business Practice; The Politics of Population Change: Immigration, Aging and Conflict; War, Conflict and Development . MSc Global Environmental Politics and Policy dissertation.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by coursework and written examinations. You will also write a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words.


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