Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Birkbeck's innovative, creative and interdisciplinary courses will help you become a competent, critical and responsible student of the social world and the psychological and social forces that shape individuals. Follow your interests and choose to specialise in communication, geography, history, politics, psychosocial studies, social anthropology or social policy. You will join a flourishing and diverse undergraduate student community. Ours is a vibrant research culture, powered by a shared passion for learning and intellectual engagement among our academics and students. You will have access to the Birkbeck Library, as well as other university libraries in Bloomsbury and Stratford. We offer student support and have a wide range of world'class research resources. 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

Year 1: Core modules: introductions: understanding the social world; optional modules may include: theories of development; globalisation and development; humans and the environment; Britain's contemporary geographical development; international relations; a historical introduction; diver'city: London's unique population; ways of seeing; doing anthropology; material culture, consumption and the construction of self; introduction to anthropology of religion; the sociological imagination and everyday life; social inequalities and diversities; understanding social policy; higher education introductory studies: history; higher education introductory studies: politics; higher education introductory studies: psychology; higher education introductory studies: sociology. Year 2: Compulsory modules: contemporary approaches in psychology and sociology; contemporary approaches in politics and international studies; knowing the social world; optional modules may include: social justice; citizenship and human rights; British history since 1750; the British empire in world history; London from 1600 to the present; environment, economy and society in Europe; London 1600'2000: people and power in the making of a global city; political transformations; democracy and authoritarianism; introduction to international relations; war and modern society; introduction to international political economy; anthropology of space, architecture and the landscape; anthropology, development and tourism. Year 3: Compulsory module: research dissertation/work'based learning project; optional modules may include: equality and diversity: the development of policy and practice in Britain; the age of science; the making of the modern racial order in South Africa; globalisation in the contemporary world; environment and development; understanding London: theorising the city; later medieval London, 1450'1560: community, politics, and religion; politics, power and human nature; contemporary British politics; contemporary European politics; challenges in contemporary politics; social relations and social policy; politics and the Middle East; Russian politics and society; American politics and foreign policy; anthropology of space, architecture and the landscape; anthropology, development and tourism.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £13,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 years
Part Time
BSc (Hons) £9,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Part Time
BSc (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 104
  • Course specific

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13% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 7%

Total Coursework: 89%

Total Practical: 4%