Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme explores pressing contemporary issues using political theory and sociology. Our focus is on the nature and workings of political power and authority and we will consider the relationships between states and societies and the place of politics and power in everyday life. As well as reading key classical texts of political theory and sociological analysis, we also analyse real'world contemporary problems and address fundamental questions of political power and social order. You will be equipped with the conceptual ideas, theoretical approaches and analytical research skills needed to study politics at postgraduate level. You will also learn research techniques that will enable you to specialise and undertake the researching and writing of a dissertation or a research portfolio on the subject that interests you most.

Course Modules

You take 2 core modules, 2 option modules and either write a dissertation or prepare a research portfolio. The core modules are intended to provide the main theoretical framework for the programme and give the student cohort a sense of intellectual identity. Option modules are available in a wide range of subjects from the Departments of Politics, Psychosocial Studies and History, Classics and Archeology. They may include: International relations and international security; war, conflict, nationalism, politics and religion; 'race', racism, postcoloniality; culture, community, identity; Lacanian psychoanalysis ' theory and practice; sexing the body ' psychoanalytic and other framings; visual culture: Power and the image; gender, space and time. Core modules: Political sociology; political theory; MSc social and political theory dissertation.

Course Additional Entry

Good degree in a social science or other relevant subject. Other qualifications may also 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 Only
MSc (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening Only
MSc (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees