Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Birkbeck is a distinguished centre of research and teaching excellence in politics. Our central London location puts us at the heart of the UK's political life and at the centre of academic London. Our Department of Politics is over 40 years old and has a reputation for the excellence of its teaching and its internationally significant research. Our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is ranked in the top 5 nationally and is a world'renowned centre of original, influential research. Birkbeck's Department of Philosophy is a leading centre for philosophical research in the UK. All of our established members of academic staff are active researchers, and the department's excellence in both teaching and research is consistently reflected in UK and international surveys. Our courses are designed to encourage independent thinking and hone your argumentative, analytical and critical skills, while our teaching uniquely moves across the boundaries between subjects, encompassing, among others, economics, history and sociology. The PPH Society, run by students, organises regular study skills days, a weekend away, a journal and regular social events. Birkbeck is different: classes are in the evening, so you can work, volunteer or do your own thing during the day. Record numbers of students are doing just that and getting a head start on their future careers.

Course Modules

All years: modules include: historiography; introduction to the history of philosophy; introduction to the study of politics; magic, science and religion (conceptions of rationality); problems of explanation and interpretation; the rise of the modern state.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 years
Part Time Evening
BA (Hons) £9,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Part Time Evening
BA (Hons) £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Mature entry
  • SQA Higher
  • International Baccalaureate
  • GCE A-level
  • IELTS 7.0
  • Interview
  • Foundation / access qualification
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • Tariff 120-128
  • Course specific

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13% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 72%

Total Coursework: 28%