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Social and Political Theory (Part-Time)

Birkbeck, University of London

24 months
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About

This Social and Political Theory (Part-Time) programme at Birkbeck, University of London explores pressing contemporary issues using political theory and sociology. The 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.

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Overview

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. Topics studied include sovereignty, territory and state building, property and law, the legitimacy of political authority, democracy, violence and pluralism.

Your option modules can be drawn from the Department of Politics, and also from the Department of Psychosocial Studies and the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, thus offering you access to historical and psychosocial approaches to theory, politics and the social sciences.

Highlights 

  • This Master's degree will enable you to develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of the main ideas and current trends and directions in social and political theory.
  • 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.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17th in the UK.

Careers and Employability

Graduates can pursue careers in the media and journalism, local and national government, the diplomatic service, policy research and political lobbying, the voluntary sector, teaching and researching. Possible professions include political lobbyist, Diplomatic Services operational officer, or high education lecturer. This Social and Political Theory (Part-Time)  programme at Birkbeck, University of London may also be useful in becoming a government social research officer, charity officer, or newspaper journalist. 

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Political Theory and Contemporary Politics
  • The Political Sociology of the Modern State
  • Dissertation MSc Social and Political Theory

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in a social science or other relevant subject.

  • Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8010 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 8010 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    4410 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 4410 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
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