Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

War and Humanitarianism

War and humanitarianism are deeply embedded in the modern experience. Be it in the nineteenth-century calls for civilising war or the contemporary attempts at saving distant strangers, the conduct of organised violence and the defence of human rights cannot be separated out. This new interdisciplinary degree analyses the complex interaction between war and humanitarianism from multiple historical, geographical, political and cultural perspectives. It approaches war as a social totality that encompasses all manner of human processes and structures, and considers humanitarianism as an increasingly pervasive ideology, informing all sorts of collective social and political activity across the world. Taught by leading scholars in the fields of history, geography, politics, philosophy and psychosocial studies, the programme will give you advanced knowledge of the concepts, theories, histories and policy implications of war and humanitarianism in the world today. Highlights - Our location in central London puts us at the heart of the UK's political life and at the centre of academic London. You can walk down to Parliament and Whitehall, while Bloomsbury contains some of the world's most famous libraries and centres of research. - You can take advantage of the rich research collections within walking distance, including Senate House Library, the British Library, and the British Library of Political and Economic Science at the London School of Economics. - Our Department of Politics is a world-renowned centre of original, influential research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17th in the UK. - 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. - Our academic staff are international authorities in their fields, publishing and delivering stimulating teaching in a wide range of topics including civil society and the state, public policy, development, gender, international security and terrorism, and social and political theory. - Birkbeck Library has a large politics collection, including the major specialist journals, and gives you access to an extensive range of online materials.

Entry requirements

MA: Minimum 2:2 or equivalent in a social sciences or humanities honours degree.

Course modules

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

Assessment methods

Coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

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 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 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Part-time evening October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time evening October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time evening October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time evening October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time evening October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time evening October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Birkbeck Student Advice Service
Telephone number: 
02039070700