Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme considers how ethnic, national and religious identities intersect and how they cause conflict and violence within and between states. In Western countries, many majority ethnic groups are bemoaning a loss of national identity and sovereignty, while smaller nations and ethnic'national groups press for devolution or independence at the expense of larger nation'state formations. Religiously inspired conflict, especially, but by no means only, in the Muslim world, is a further major source of global insecurity. This programme draws on research in comparative politics, history, sociology, cultural and genetic anthropology, political theory and international relations to offer comprehensive, balanced analyses of contemporary political controversies. Alongside theoretical approaches, we will examine ethnic and national conflict via a wealth of real'world case studies that cover every corner of the globe. The programme provides the analytical tools you will need to examine problems of national, ethnic and religious conflict in their broader political context.

Course Modules

You take 2 core modules, choose from a range of option modules and write a dissertation. A range of thematic or regional option modules allow you to tailor the degree to your own specific personal or career interests. Core modules: Nationalism and ethno'religious conflict; nationalism in international context. Option modules: 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; politics and religion; policy analysis, policy'making processes and comparative public policy; public management and public sector reform; research methods.

Course Additional Entry

Good honours degree in a social science or other relevant subject, 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