Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This interdisciplinary Master's degree in history and politics lays a strong emphasis on the critical analysis of the recent past, giving you specialist knowledge of particular regions and themes. You will study the complex interplay between national, international and global political, social and historical forces that have produced the contemporary world, and develop the approaches, techniques and skills of the professional historian.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework.

Graduates can pursue careers in education, journalism, research, and museums and archiving. Possible professions include teacher, journalist, or archivist. This degree may also be useful in a variety of roles within government, research, or NGOs, as well as in becoming a museum education officer, academic librarian, politician?s assistant, or Civil Service administrator.

Start Date:

One to two evenings a week.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,350 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,350 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £15,200 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,175 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,175 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £7,600 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.
  • IELTS score: 7