48 months
13500 GBP/year
4596 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Politics from Birkbeck, University of London is an advanced postgraduate research degree that requires original research and the submission of a substantial dissertation of 60,000 to 100,000 words. 


Politics from Birkbeck, University of London is an opportunity to undertake a major piece of research under the supervision of someone with academic expertise in your field. The department offers supervision for a wide range of research projects, from the study of public policy to social and political theory. On completing your MPhil/PhD you will have developed advanced skills in research and scholarly writing, and will be able to use these to embark on, or further, a career in research. If, like many of our students, you choose to study part time, you may have the opportunity to apply your developing research skills in your current career.

For students at Politics from Birkbeck, University of London the research spans the broad areas of: 

  • social and political theory; 
  • modern British politics and society; 
  • comparative public policy; 
  • civil society and the state; 
  • gender; 
  • theoretical approaches to armed conflict and international politics;
  • politics and society in Russia, North America and the Middle East. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • public policy; 
  • nationalism and ethnicity; 
  • religion and politics;
  • international relations, 
  • international security and terrorism; 
  • European politics; 
  • politics of development; 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 84 months

Start dates & application deadlines


300 alternative credits
  • MPhil - 180 credits
  • PhD - 120 credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • CV. 
  • If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the standard requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System
  • Draft a full research proposal
  • Good first degree in a relevant subject.
  • Successful completion of a taught master's degree.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13500 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4596 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4596 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • Part-time home students: £2439 pa 
  • Part-time international students: £6825 pa 

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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