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  • 12 months
    Duration
This Social and Political Theory 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.

About

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 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

        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 time to complete the admissions process.
        • Programme intensity Full-time
          • Full-time duration 12 months
        • Credits
          180 alternative credits
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus
        • More information Go to the programme website

        English Language Requirements

        You need the following IELTS score:

        • 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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        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

        • A second-class honours degree in a social science or other relevant subject.
        • 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. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
        • 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.

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        Tuition Fee

        • International

          15200 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 15200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
        • EU/EEA

          8350 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 8350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 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

        Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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