Year of entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
Four years part-time
Two to three evenings a week, October to June
Would you like to study literature, art, film and media, theatre studies and cultural studies within a single degree? You can do just that, by designing your own programme of study with expert guidance from our specialists.
With its extensive range of option modules, this course gives you the flexibility to pursue multidisciplinary interests and then specialise in areas that you find interesting. You can pursue your interests across the arts and humanities, choosing to study film and media, English and humanities, history of art, or a language and its associated culture, separately or in interdisciplinary combinations. You will examine culture through literary and philosophical texts, art and cinema, the mass media and digital technologies.
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Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- Birkbeck Department of English and Humanities came top in London for overall student satisfaction and teaching quality in the National Student Survey 2016.
- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
- Our School of Arts is ranked in the top five in the UK and we offer high-quality teaching and a world-class research environment.
- Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.
- We offer a range of world-class research resources.
- Watch a video about studying this course at Birkbeck.
In Year 1, you take two compulsory modules and choose one option module at Level 4.
In Year 2, you take one compulsory module and choose one option module at Level 4 and one option module at Level 5.
In Years 3 and 4, you choose five option modules at Level 6.
In Year 4, you also write your Final-Year Project, an extended piece of supervised research on a topic of your choice (6000-8000 words).
Out of the seven options completed over Years 2 to 4, students should normally take three Humanities options and four options from across the School of Arts.
To find out more, read our programme handbook.
- Connecting the Arts
- Introduction to Methods in Cultural Study
- Key Concepts in Cultural Analysis: The Production of the Human
- Aliveness and the Arts
- Literature and Cultural Identity
- Literature and Empire
- Modernism and the City
- Narratives of the Body
- Sexuality and Modernity: Reading Across Cultures
- The Photographic
Sample of English Literature/Creative Writing options
- Critical Foundations
- Fiction Workshop: The Contemporary Novel
- Science Fiction
- The American Century and Beyond US Literature and Culture since 1900
- The Novel
- Writing Fiction
- Writing London
Sample of Theatre Studies options
- Adaptations: Theories and Practices in Contemporary Performance
- Performing Theatre Histories (Critical Practice I)
- Theatre Languages
- Theories of Theatricality and Performance
Sample of Media and Cultural Studies options
- Cultural Identity and the Media
- Film, Narrative and Genre
- Gender and Sexuality in Cinema
- Introduction to Cinema
- Media, Technology and Culture
- Memory and Media
- The Politics of Culture
Sample of Languages and Cultures options
- French 1
- Japanese 1
- Reading Transnational Cultures
- Representations of Love, Desire and Sexuality
- Studying the Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian and Native American Worlds
- The Latin American Novel
- Understanding Culture: Theories and Texts
Sample of History of Art options
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
Applicants are selected by application and may also be asked to provide a sample of written work or to attend an interview.
Alternative entry routes
Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in social science or humanities units.
A Certificate of Higher Education in Higher Education Introductory Studies or Literature in English can lead to exemption from Year 1 if you successfully complete designated modules to an appropriate standard.
You must successfully complete modules worth at least 90 credits before applying for direct entry into Year 2 of one of the BA degrees. Students interested in progressing to an undergraduate degree are encouraged to discuss their plans with the relevant admissions tutor.
Successful completion of a Certificate of Higher Education in Journalism, Film and Media Studies, Media Practice, Screen Writing or History of Art and Architecture can reduce your part-time BA degree studies at Birkbeck by up to 1 year.
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.
Fees and finance
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 6935 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 9750 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
Some modules are lecture-based (or a mixture of lectures and discussion-based workshops); others are primarily seminar-based (lecturer-led discussions with other students). Some modules may involve the screening of films or slide presentations.
A combination of essays, unseen and predisclosed examinations, and practical exercises designed to evaluate the abilities and writing skills required in the 21st-century workplace, and a final-year project of 6000-8000 words.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue careers in the media, education, journalism and the arts. This degree may also be useful in becoming an arts administrator, journal/newspaper editor, museum/gallery curator, higher education lecturer or community arts worker.
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.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link.
Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.
Application deadlines and interviews
We suggest you apply as early as possible.
Interviews February to September.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Birkbeck is committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies. Find out about what is available, how to apply and the advice and support we provide.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
Discover more about our comprehensive range of student services, which offer all the support and assistance you need.
Boost your career
Discover how Birkbeck's unique evening teaching, coupled with our comprehensive careers and employability services, can help you get ahead in a highly competitive job market.
Fees and payment
With government loans for undergraduate and postgraduate study, fantastic financial support packages and flexible payment options, there’s never been a better time to study at Birkbeck.
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