Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Global Politics

This Master's degree in politics explores the history of global political and economic forces and the ideas that have shaped them. We will consider and evaluate the genesis and transmission of neoliberal economic orthodoxy, the development of global politics and global structures of governance, including the creation and operation of institutions such as the World Trade Organisation, foreign direct investment, migration, and the idea and reality of globalisation. 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 global history and politics. The course combines theoretical approaches with empirical knowledge and real-world case studies.

Entry requirements

Good honours degree in a social science or other relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience. 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

MSc

You take 2 core modules and 2 option modules and write a dissertation.

The core modules are complemented by a range of thematic or regional option modules, allowing you to tailor the degree to your own specific personal or career interests. 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.

Please see timetable below where there are links to current module descriptions.

Core modules:

Global Governance;
International Political Economy .

MRes

You take 2 core modules, 2 research modules and write a dissertation.
Core modules:

Global Governance;
International Political Economy .

Research method modules:

Qualitative Research Methods;
Quantitative Research Methods .

MRes Global Politics Dissertation .

Assessment methods

Core modules are assessed by written examinations, while option modules are assessed by coursework and written examinations. You also write a dissertation.

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
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MRes Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
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 October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 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 6789