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Constitutional Politics, Law and Theory

This programme reflects the traditional neglect of constitutionalist approaches to politics in Britain - something which is now changing fast. As the utopia of the 'end of history' falters, the rhetoric of security and risk, of crisis in the relation between financial markets and sovereign states, of perpetual war, and of corruption in politics brings about a relentless desire for law and constitutional reform. These expectations, however, are often at odds with the way contemporary social and political theories, and a growing number of constitutional law specialists, conceptualise the sphere of the political. The focus is on 2 related but distinct processes: the crisis of law and the shift towards exceptional modes of state power; and the demand that law mitigates manifold crises. Questions are raised about law as solution, about its role in the violent imposition of liberal social and market relations, and whether or not we may be able to imagine a different sort of crisis, a different relation between law and the future.

Entry requirements

Good second-class honours degree in law or a related discipline.

Degrees from overseas institutions must be equivalent to a UK second-class degree.

Other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience welcome.

Course modules

You take 2 compulsory modules.

You also choose 4 option modules, 1 of which may be a specialist dissertation.
Compulsory modules:

Constitutional Law in Practice: Regional Perspectives;
Introduction to the History, Theory and Politics of Constitutional Law .

Option modules:

Crime and Control;
Futures: The Globalization of Human Rights;
Human Rights in Britain;
International Rights of Minorities;
Social Justice;
Southern Perspectives on Constitutional and Political Transformation .

Please note: not all option modules will be available every year.

Assessment methods

Final assessment for most compulsory and option modules is based on a 4000-word essay. If you choose the dissertation option, you will be required to submit a dissertation of 8000-10,000 words.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

Applicants with a strong academic background may be eligible to apply for AHRC/ESRC awards (UK and EU-based applicants only).

Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our Master's degrees can apply for School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time October 2018 16,400 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2018 10,725 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years
LLM Part-time October 2018 8,200 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
LLM Part-time October 2018 5,375 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years

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