Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme provides a fresh interdisciplinary approach to the comparative study of capitalist economies ' the varieties of capitalism. We compare national institutions and business systems and the major theoretical approaches to understanding their origins and functioning. We draw on insights and research from sociology, political science, economics, history and geography.

Course Modules

Compulsory modules: Business and economic history; comparative capitalism; comparative employment relations; research methods in management; dissertation. Option modules: corporate governance; development policy; entrepreneurship and innovation; European management; globalization: forces, players and management; innovation systems: networks and social capital; innovation: management and policy; intellectual capital and competitiveness; international business and economic development; international business: theories and issues; the economics and governance of innovation and institutions; trust social norms and development.

Course Additional Entry

A 2nd'Class Honours degree in any subject area from a UK university or a non'UK equivalent (other qualifications will be considered); non'native English speakers need to provide proof of English language ability (equivalent to IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all sub'tests); if scores are slightly below the required level, students should apply anyway, as pre'sessional English courses may be recommended that can be bolted on to your degree programme; a professional or other qualification obtained by written examination approved by the College; relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non'standard applications.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 - 2 years
Part Time
1 - 2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate)