Modules

Birkbeck offers a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level that deal with the study of British politics.

 

Undergraduate Modules

Contemporary British Politics: A core module on the BA Politics that provides students with an understanding of British politics and government, its key actors and institutions, and the main issues of controversy and contestation.

Parliamentary Studies: An optional module on the BA Politics that offers students a unique opportunity to understand how parliaments work by learning from parliamentary officials themselves.

British and comparative foreign policy analysis: An option module on the BA Global Politics and International Relations that provides students with an understanding of the analysis and practicalities of foreign policy formulation in the UK and other states.

Postgraduate Modules

Modern British Politics: A core module on the MSc Government, Politics and Policy that examines cutting edge debates about the government and politics of Britain.

Public Policy: Interests, Ideas and Institutions: A core module on the MSc Government, Politics and Policy and MSc Public Policy and Management that applies key paradigms in the study of public policy to classic and contemporary policy issues in the UK and beyond.

Public Management: Theories and Innovations: A core module on the MSc Government, Politics and Policy and MSc Public Policy and Management that explores changes to the machinery of British government.

PhD studies

Birkbeck’s Department of Politics has a track record of successfully supervising PhD students working in the field of British politics.

For further details about Birkbeck’s PhD programme, please see here.

Recent Posts

What is it like to work for an MP?

On Wednesday 16 November the British Politics Centre welcomed Robert Dale,
author of the book How to Be a Parliamentary Researcher and a former member of staff for Andy Sawford, MP for Corby.

Robert spoke to students from the Department of Politics and beyond about how to get a job in parliament, the kinds of people who apply for these positions, and what it’s like when they get there.

The talk was followed by a Q&A session.

Listen to a podcast of the event:

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  2. The EU Referendum: Will it be In or Out?
  3. Chills, thrills and surprises: ten years of freedom of information in the UK
  4. The Conservatives have been the biggest borrowers over the last 70 years
  5. David Willetts in Conversation with Tony Wright
  6. The State of British Democracy
  7. Charities Regulation Under Scrutiny
  8. The Politics of David Bowie
  9. Podcast: Europe’s Migrant Crisis and the Populist Right