Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

European Politics and Policy

The programme offers an interdisciplinary, comparative exploration of how politics, government and public policy operate within and across European member states and the EU's governing structures and institutions. These are placed within an international context and considered alongside pressing issues associated with international relations, international law and globalisation and global politics. You will be taught by academics with expertise in European history and politics and the course combines theoretical approaches with empirical knowledge and real-world case studies. The first core module explores the history, politics and institutions of European intergration and you can then choose to examine the place of the EU on the global stage or deepen your knowledge of European governing structures. You will be equipped with the conceptual ideas, theoretical approaches and analytical research skills needed to study politics at postgraduate level. 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 methods 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 Honours degree, preferably in politics, law, economics, history or languages. We will consider applications from those with degrees in other disciplines. 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, 2 option modules and write a dissertation, enabling you to acquire an in-depth understanding of a particular topic in European politics and policy, and to develop research skills. The 1st core module is: The European Union: Integration, politics and policy; the 2nd core module is selected from either comparative government and policy in Europe or the politics of global Europe. The core modules are supplemented by option modules and completion of a dissertation on an agreed subject.


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 £ 3,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening £ 6,875 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening £ 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 6789