Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Government, Policy and Politics

This programme 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. The core modules explore the history, politics and institutions of global governance as a response to the challenges of globalisation and introduce you to the key issues and policy debates in international political economy; you can then choose 2 option modules from a wide variety of topics including international security, American foreign policy, globalisation, political theory and sociology, nationalism and religion, and war and conflict. You will also learn research techniques that will enable you to specialise and undertake the researching and writing of a dissertation on the subject that interests you most.

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.

Sponsorship information

The degree is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a research training programme; for UK and EU applicants intending to pursue research, ESRC studentships (1 year for the Master's programme followed by 3 years of funding for research) may be available for candidates with a strong academic background.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,950 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 13,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,950 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time evening only £ 3,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening only £ 6,875 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening only £ 3,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Department of Politics
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6780