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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
Taught by leading scholars in the fields of history, geography, politics, philosophy and psychosocial studies, the War And Humanitarianism programme at Birkbeck, University of London will give you advanced knowledge of the concepts, theories, histories and policy implications of war and humanitarianism in the world today.

About

War and humanitarianism are deeply embedded in the modern experience. Be it in the nineteenth-century calls for civilising war or the contemporary attempts at saving distant strangers, the conduct of organised violence and the defence of human rights cannot be separated out.

This new War And Humanitarianism programme at Birkbeck, University of London analyses the complex interaction between war and humanitarianism from multiple historical, geographical, political and cultural perspectives. It approaches war as a social totality that encompasses all manner of human processes and structures, and considers humanitarianism as an increasingly pervasive ideology, informing all sorts of collective social and political activity across the world.

Highlights

  • Our location in central London puts us at the heart of the UK’s political life and at the centre of academic London. You can walk down to Parliament and Whitehall, while Bloomsbury contains some of the world’s most famous libraries and centres of research.
  • You can take advantage of the rich research collections within walking distance, including Senate House Library, the British Library, and the British Library of Political and Economic Science at the London School of Economics.
  • Our Department of Politics is a world-renowned centre of original, influential research. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17th in the UK.
  • The Department organises a lively programme of seminars and conferences and is home to affiliated research centres, such as the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life, which run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.
  • Our academic staff are international authorities in their fields, publishing and delivering stimulating teaching in a wide range of topicsincluding civil society and the state, public policy, development, gender, international security and terrorism, and social and political theory.
  • Birkbeck Library has a large politics collection, including the major specialist journals, and gives you access to an extensive range of online materials.

Careers and Employability

Graduates could pursue careers in local government, policy making, journalism, campaigning or work in NGOs or charities. Possible future roles could include social researcher, government research officer or teacher. This degree is also useful for applications to international organisations or to be a Civil Service fast streamer.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fields of War and Humanitarianism
  • 'Race', Racism, Postcoloniality
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies: Ethics, Values and Morals
  • Cultural History of War in Britain and America between the First World War and the Conflict in Vietnam
  • Development Studies: Theoretical Approaches
  • Fascism and Psychoanalysis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you enough time to complete the admissions process.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Part-time variant
      Evening
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Our 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 your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. 

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

Specific requirements

Minimum 2:2 or equivalent in a social sciences or humanities honours degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7600 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4175 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4175 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Birkbeck is committed to providing advice and support to help you finance your postgraduate studies. The government has introduced new loans for postgraduate students and, alongside these, we also offer flexible payment options and a hardship fund to support students who experience a change of circumstances while studying.

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