Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme explores urgent contemporary debates about violence, conflict, security and governance from a global perspective. As the distinctions between civil wars, terrorism, warlord conflict and conventional war have blurred, the corresponding interventions ' humanitarian, regional, international and imperial ' have been the subject of considerable academic debate and political controversy. Simultaneously, geopolitical rivalries among global powers and the threat of violence and war between states continue to shape international security. Our approach works across disciplines, incorporating political, theoretical, historical, sociological and public policy approaches to produce comprehensive, balanced analyses of contemporary political controversies. 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

You take 2 core modules and 2 option modules (all 30 credits) and write a 60'credit dissertation. Core modules: International security and global governance; war, politics and society. Option modules are normally available in: British, US and European government and politics; international relations, international security, and US foreign policy; politics of globalisation and international political economy; politics, policy and administration of the EU; political theory and political sociology; war, conflict, nationalism, politics and religion; policy analysis, policy'making processes and comparative public policy; public management and public sector reform; research methods.

Course Additional Entry

A good undergraduate degree in a related area or relevant experience combined with an adequate academic background; applicants will be invited to interview. 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