Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the history and politics of the Middle East and Islam, while honing your ability to make well'informed, critical analyses of the region in the context of global politics. The programme has its theoretical foundations in international relations and political science, using these as tools to explore and analyse the region's domestic and international politics and current concerns, including sectarianism and persistent authoritarianism. Particular attention is given to the intersection between Islam, conflict and development. Recognising that Islam is at the centre of urgent discussions and disputes today, the programme looks into key issues including Muslim identity, religious extremism and violence, and the impact of American foreign policy in the region, including the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the ongoing conflict within Syria. The programme also uses interdisciplinary scholarship to help you make comprehensive, balanced analyses of contemporary Islam and the Middle East in relation to the UK and the world.

Course Modules

You take 2 core modules, choose from a range of option modules and write a dissertation. The first core module is Middle East politics. The second core module is chosen from either: Nationalism and Ethno'Religious Conflict or Global Governance. Option modules are normally available in: Politics of the Middle East and political Islam; politics of globalisation and international political economy; international relations, international security, and US foreign policy; war, conflict, nationalism, politics and religion; political theory and political sociology; policy analysis, policy'making processes and comparative public policy; public management and public sector reform; research methods.

Course Additional Entry

A good honours degree in humanities or social science, though other qualifications may be considered. 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