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History of Ideas Birkbeck, University of London

Department name
History, Classics and Archaeology
Qualification, duration, mode
MA 12FT 24PT
Further qualification details
Two evenings a week, part-time (depending on your choice of options); three evenings a week, full-time. October-June.
Months of entry
Entry requirements
At least a second-class honours degree (with good supporting references). We also offer a one-year Graduate Certificate, which can be used as a conversion course if you want to study history at postgraduate level, but have a degree in a significantly different discipline.
Course description
How can we understand the ‘lived reality of ideas’, and how can the study of the history of ideas help us to interpret past societies and individual thinkers? 'History of ideas' is a dynamic and expanding field, and this programme enables you to pursue an exciting programme of study, exploring ideas in their historical context. If you want to explore the relationship between ideas and actions through a variety of historical periods and perspectives, then this is the degree for you.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Offers an innovative approach to an exciting area of historical and cultural study.
  • Taught by internationally reputed scholars drawn from our departments of History, Classics and Archaeology, and English and Humanities.
  • Conveniently located for the British Museum, the British Library and a range of specialist research centres.

Course structure

The programme consists of 3 assessed elements: a compulsory 10-week core module taught annually in the autumn term, with an additional research skills and method component in the summer term; 3 option modules, each taught over 10 weeks (1 term); and a dissertation due at the end of September of the final year of study.

The introductory core module aims to equip you with the conceptual background necessary for historical study at postgraduate level. It includes 10 broad lectures and 10 weekly seminars dedicated to exploring specific topics and questions on the history of ideas.

We offer a wide range of option modules, covering topics from classical antiquity to the present day.

UK students fees
Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7250 pa
International students fees
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 13950 pa
Contact name
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
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+ 44 (0)20 7631 6268
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