This international programme is an intensive and comprehensive exploration of the history of audio-visual and moving picture media, from the early 1800s to the present day. It encourages you to explore a wide variety of media in historical, sociological, aesthetic and anthropological terms, by drawing on distinct intellectual traditions of our European partners presented by the European experts in the field.
This innovative and flexible programme uniquely combines our strengths and experience in postgraduate teaching with the European excellence offered through our exchange programme with leading universities in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands.
While abroad, your choice of modules will depend on the partner institution you attend. Each university has a specific strength and specialism, which should guide your choice of university as the year abroad aims to help you develop and deepen your particular film and media interests.
To find out more, read our programme handbook.
Our partner institutions
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
This programme has rolling admission, but we encourage early applications.
The programme consists of a combination of a core module, a choice of option modules, a research project and a dissertation. The core modules are designed to introduce you to the basic methodologies and issues involved in the area concerned, as well as research skills and methods. Option modules allow you to pursue specific interests and areas of research.
The research project gives you the chance to undertake independent research in the area of contemporary film and media practice and to reflect on research methodologies.
The structure of the European Pathway is as follows:
- Term 1 (at Birkbeck) - core module (30 credits) + first option module (30 credits)
- Term 2 (abroad at the first partner institution) - option modules (30 credits)
- Term 3 (at Birkbeck) - research project (30 credits).
- Term 1 (abroad at the second partner institution) - option modules (30 credits)
- Term 2 (at Birkbeck) - second option module (30 credits)
- Term 3 (at Birkbeck) - dissertation (60 credits).
To find out more, read our programme handbook.
Indicative option modules
You will also have an option to follow modules offered on the MA History of Art, MA History of Art with Photography, MA Museum Cultures and MA Screenwriting as well as film and visual media modules offered at other colleges of the University of London (including King’s College, Goldsmiths, UCL, SOAS, Institute of Education and Royal Holloway) through the University of London Screen Studies Group.
Good honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g. humanities, modern languages or social sciences).
Knowledge of at least 1 other European language at a level to allow you to follow postgraduate-level courses at our European partner institutions.
International entry requirements
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 not 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, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Full-time home/EU students: £
paFull-time overseas students: £
As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits.
On this programme, you will also have to pay for the following additional costs:
The trip to the Berlin Biennale is an optional element of this programme. If you choose to undertake this module, it will cost approximately £120 for accreditation to the Biennale.
Payment and Fees Discounts
Funding and Financial Support
Careers and employability
Graduates go in to careers in film and television companies, museums and galleries, arts administration, and education. Possible professions include arts administrator, museum or gallery curator, or teacher. This degree may also be useful in becoming a programme researcher or television/film/video producer.
Find out more about these professions.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
Teaching and assessment
Lectures, seminars, screenings, field trips and events.
During your year at Birkbeck, you will be assessed by essay assignments of approximately 5000 words each, a research report and a dissertation of 15,000 words, due in September of the final year.
During your year abroad, the assessment will depend on the institution you attend. In most cases, the assessment will be a mixture of essays and examinations.