Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree aims to foster an advanced understanding of 2 increasingly interconnected phenomena in world politics: The response of states, international institutions and non'governmental actors to the opportunities and challenges of globalisation; the enhanced international economic and political influence of emerging powers such as Brazil, Russia, India and China. It uses concepts, theories and evidence from the study of international relations, comparative politics and public policy to understand real'world policy problems across different sectors of the global economic and political system. This programme will appeal to students who wish to learn more about cutting'edge issues in the study of world politics and international public policy. It is ideal for those who aspire to a career in government, international organisations, non'governmental organisations (NGOs), public affairs and research or for those who wish to advance their careers in these fields.

Course Modules

The core modules are supplemented by option modules and completion of a dissertation on an agreed subject. Option modules are normally available in: British and US government and politics; international relations, international security and US foreign policy; politics of globalisation and international political economy; political theory and political sociology; war, conflict, nationalism, politics and religion; public management and public sector reform; research methods. Core modules: Emerging powers in world politics; global governance.

Course Additional Entry

Good degree in a social science or other relevant subject. Other qualifications may also be considered. 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.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees