Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Politics

This Master's degree in politics will develop your understanding of research methodologies and techniques in politics to an advanced level, enabling you to undertake your own independent research. It provides an intellectually stimulating guide to politics research and aims to develop your awareness of the essential requirements of in-depth research, including theory, design and methods. The programme also provides opportunities to explore substantive issues in the fields of political theory, political science, international relations and sociology.

Entry requirements

Normally a good first degree in a relevant discipline. However, work experience and professional qualifications are also taken into account.
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You must successfully complete the following 5 components:

2 core research training modules;
2 option modules selected from the other modules offered by the Department of Politics at postgraduate level;
A self-directed dissertation under the guidance of a member of the department's faculty on an approved topic in the area of politics, applying concepts or using methods taught on the research training courses. Core modules: Qualitative social research; quantitative social research. Option modules (choose 2): British, Russian, European and US government and politics; international relations and foreign policy; the politics of the Middle East; globalisation and international political economy; nationalism and ethno-religious conflict; political behaviour and communication; political sociology and political theory; public policy ideas, practices and processes; politics and religion; war, politics and society.

Assessment methods

Core modules assessed by written examinations; option modules by a combination of coursework and written examinations. There is a dissertation element.

Sponsorship information

All of our MRes degrees are recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for the award of 1+3 studentships. These studentships are designed to fund students for a 4-year full-time (or 6-7 years part-time) programme of postgraduate study combining a taught Master's degree and a PhD. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 13,750 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MRes Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MRes Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Politics
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6789