Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Government, Policy and Politics

This Master's degree in politics examines the day-to-day practice and reality of government by analysing post-War politics and public policy in the United Kingdom and around the world. You will develop your ability to analyse political debates and issues in a critical manner and you will be taught by academics with expertise in researching, writing about and participating in politics. The course combines theoretical approaches with empirical knowledge and real-world case studies and you will explore topics in political theory, political science and sociology. You will be given the opportunity to debate and engage with the everyday practicalities of politics through class discussions and meetings with experienced practitioners.

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate degree in a related area or relevant experience combined with an adequate academic background (subject to interview). 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 take 2 core modules and 2 option modules (all 30 credits), and write a 60-credit dissertation.

Option modules are normally available in topics covering:

British, US and European government and politics;
International relations, international security and US foreign policy;
Politics of globalisation and international political economy;
Politics, policy and administration of the EU;
Political theory and political sociology;
War, conflict, nationalism, politics and religion;
Policy analysis, policy-making processes and comparative public policy;
Public management and public sector reform;
Research methods.

Year 1 full-time:

Modern British Politics;
Public Policy: Interests, Ideas, Institutions .

Year 1 part-time:

Modern British Politics .

Year 2 part-time:

Public Policy: Interests, Ideas, Institutions .

MSc Government, Policy and Politics dissertation.

Assessment methods

Core modules assessed by written examinations; option modules assessed by coursework and written examinations. You will have a choice of either writing a dissertation or preparing a research portfolio.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. 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
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 13,750 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time evening only October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening only October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening only October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening only October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening only October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening only October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc 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 6780