Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme explores the history of global political and economic forces and the ideas that have shaped them. We will consider and evaluate the genesis and transmission of neoliberal economic orthodoxy, the development of global politics and global structures of governance, including the creation and operation of institutions such as the World Trade Organisation, foreign direct investment, migration, and the idea and reality of globalisation. You will develop your ability to analyse political debates and issues in a critical manner and learn how to locate and assess qualitative and quantitative data and research resources. You will be taught by academics with expertise in global history and politics and the course combines theoretical approaches with empirical knowledge and real'world case studies. The core modules explore the history, politics and institutions of global governance as a response to the challenges of globalisation and introduce you to the key issues and policy debates in international political economy. You then undertake expert training in qualitative and quantitative research techniques. You will be equipped with the conceptual ideas, theoretical approaches and analytical research skills needed to study politics at postgraduate level. The culmination of the programme is undertaking the researching and writing of a dissertation on the subject that interests you most.

Course Modules

You take 2 core modules, 2 research modules and write a dissertation. Core modules: Global governance; international political economy. Research methods modules: Qualitative research methods; quantitative research methods; mres global politics dissertation

Course Additional Entry

Good honours degree in a social science or other relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience. 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
2 years
Part Time Evening
MRes £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MRes £3,975  Academic year. First year home 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