Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme will develop your understanding of research methodologies and techniques in politics to an advanced level, enabling you to undertake your own independent research. It provides an intellectually stimulating guide to politics research and aims to develop your awareness of the essential requirements of in'depth research, including theory, design and methods. The programme also provides opportunities to explore substantive issues in the fields of political theory, political science, international relations and sociology. You will be equipped with the conceptual ideas, theoretical approaches and analytical research skills needed to research politics at postgraduate level. The culmination of the programme is applying the concepts and methods you have learnt to undertake the researching and writing of a dissertation on the subject that interests you most.

Course Modules

Core modules: Qualitative social research; quantitative social research. Option modules (choose 2): British, Russian, European and US government and politics; international relations and foreign policy; the politics of the Middle East; globalisation and international political economy; nationalism and ethno'religious conflict; political behaviour and communication; political sociology and political theory; public policy ideas, practices and processes; politics and religion; war, politics and society.

Course Additional Entry

Normally a good first degree in a relevant discipline. However, work experience and professional qualifications are also taken into account. 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
MRes £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MRes £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MRes £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MRes £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees