Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above, preferably in politics, law, economics, history or languages. We will consider applications from those with degrees in other disciplines.

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.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc European Politics and Policy offers an intensive exploration of how politics, government and public policy operate within EU's governing structures and institutions. These are placed within an international context and considered alongside pressing issues associated with international relations, international law and globalisation and global politics.

You will be taught by academics with expertise and an extensive publication record in EU and wider European politics and government. The course combines theoretical approaches with empirical knowledge and real-world case studies. It also involves several special events with leading guest speakers, including policy makers and academics.

You will explore the history, theories, politics and institutions of European integration, as well as the politics of Euroscepticism (in the UK and beyond) and competing views about the future of the European Union. The course also covers the EU’s policies in a range of sectors (including the single market, foreign affairs, macro-economic policy) and offers you the conceptual and theoretical tools to analyse public policy within and across states.


  • Dr Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos directs and teaches this course. He engages actively in the arena and holds the prestigious Jean Monnet Chair in Parliamentary Democracy and European Integration which is awarded on the basis of research and teaching excellence and supported by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme. His podcast/vlog series Talking Europe aims to provide easily accessible expert commentary on key political, social, economic events and processes currently unfolding in Europe. It also showcases the Europe-related research that Birkbeck-based academics are currently conducting. See also his real-world case study of the EU’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Our academic staff are international authorities in their respective fields, publishing and delivering stimulating teaching in a wide range of political topics including civil society and the state, public policy, development, gender, international security and terrorism, and social and political theory, among others. Watch their debate on the effects of the recent pandemic on UK and EU politics and policy.
  • The department organises a lively programme of seminars and conferences and is home to affiliated research centres, such as the Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life, which run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.
  • Our location in central London puts us at the heart of the UK’s political life and the centre of academic London. You can walk down to Parliament and Whitehall, where Parliament and the UK’s most influential and important think-tanks and centres of political research and analysis are located. Our departmental building was once a key location for members of the Bloomsbury Group, so you could be studying in rooms that have hosted distinguished visitors, including T. S. Eliot, George Bernard Shaw and Maynard Keynes.
  • You can take advantage of the rich research collections nearby, including Senate House Library, next door to Birkbeck, the British Library, five minutes’ walk away, and the British Library of Political and Economic Science at the London School of Economics, which is walkable from Birkbeck. Birkbeck Library has a large politics collection, including the major specialist journals, and provides you with access to an extensive range of online materials.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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