Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Comparative Capitalism

This programme provides a fresh interdisciplinary approach to the comparative study of capitalist economies � the varieties of capitalism. We compare national institutions and business systems and the major theoretical approaches to understanding their origins and functioning. We draw on insights and research from sociology, political science, economics, history and geography.

Entry requirements

A 2nd-Class Honours degree in any subject area from a UK university or a non-UK equivalent (other qualifications will be considered); non-native English speakers need to provide proof of English language ability (equivalent to IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all sub-tests); if scores are slightly below the required level, students should apply anyway, as pre-sessional English courses may be recommended that can be bolted on to your degree programme; a professional or other qualification obtained by written examination approved by the College; relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non-standard applications.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Business and economic history; comparative capitalism; comparative employment relations; research methods in management; dissertation. Option modules: corporate governance; development policy; entrepreneurship and innovation; European management; globalization: forces, players and management; innovation systems: networks and social capital; innovation: management and policy; intellectual capital and competitiveness; international business and economic development; international business: theories and issues; the economics and governance of innovation and institutions; trust social norms and development.

Assessment methods

Assessment varies from a combination of coursework and unseen, formal examinations, to modules that are assessed by exam only or by coursework only.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Part-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 1 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 6740