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Frequently asked questions

Applications and enrolment

  • Who do I talk to about enrolment?
  • How long will it take for my application to be considered? You can normally expect your application to be considered within one week. Please note that some programmes require a task to be completed, which is requested on completion of your online application. Your application will be on hold until this task is returned to the department.
  • When is the application deadline for the programmes within the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology? Applications are taken up until the beginning of the academic year however, you should aim to submit your application four weeks before the programme begins, so that your application can be dealt with in adequate time before the start of the course.
  • When will I receive my student card?
  • When and where is the next Open Evening?

Visa questions

  • I need an unconditional offer as I’m applying for my visa, but I’ve been offered a conditional offer. How can I change this? To receive an unconditional offer, you will need to meet all the conditions set out in your offer. Once you have done this, you will be on track to receiving an unconditional offer and your CAS reference for your visa application.
  • Who can I talk to about my visa application?

Fees and funding


  • When do I select my modules? Module choices are made following enrolment onto your programme of study, normally from July onwards. To enrol onto your modules, you must fill in a module selection form (available from your course administrator). Please note that most optional modules have limited capacity and spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so you should enrol as soon as possible.
  • Where can I get more information about the modules/programmes? general details relating to our modules and programmes can be found online via our Department website. You could also attend one of our open evenings, which are an excellent opportunity to find out more about our programmes and meet our staff. If you require further information you can contact the appropriate administrator to request the handbook for a more detailed overview of the programme.

What preparatory reading can I do before the course starts?

  • Once you have received an offer, and enrolment is open, you will receive a welcome email from your course administrator containing the programme handbook and module choice form. This will contain information about the coming academic year's timetable including course outlines and reading lists. Please note once you have enrolled you will have access to the College facilities, such as the library.

Will there be students from my home country attending my course?

English isn’t my first language: what qualifications will I need?

  • If English is not your first language, you would normally require an IELTS certificate with an overall score of at least 6.5 (7.5 for MA) and a score of at least 6.0 (7.0 for MA) in each of the sub-tests or equivalent English proficiency test. Other qualifications may be considered and admissions tutors can waive certain requirements depending on English-speaking experience.

What is the deadline for enrolment?

  • You are advised to enrol no later than eight working days before the start of your programme - remember the earlier you enrol the more choices you have regarding optional modules.

Can I enrol onto just one module rather than the full programme?


Where can I find out where my classes are and what time they start?

  • Once you have enrolled onto the course and selected your modules, you will have a timetable tab on My Birkbeck. Please note this timetable is set by default to show classes eight days in advance only. If you cannot access My Birkbeck, please contact ITS help.

Where can I access my student profile?

How do I change my contact details?

Can I go onto further study in my subject area?

  • You can visit the programme page which recommends what programme you should follow next.

What happens if I have trouble completing my studies due to circumstances out of my control?

Can I take a break from studying?


When is my graduation?

When will I receive my certificate?

  • Your certificate is usually sent to you around the time of your graduation, it is not handed out at the ceremony.

When will my marks be confirmed?

  • Your marks will be confirmed at the next exam board for your level of qualification. This is usually in August for undergraduate students and December for postgraduate students.