English (BA): 4-year, part-time

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved


4 years part-time


2-3 evenings a week, October to June

Explore your passion for reading and develop your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of literary writing in English, from earliest times to the present day. Learn to appreciate, analyse and evaluate many different forms of written expression. Our lecturers are all active researchers and publishers. They teach modules arising out of their particular specialisms and interests, so that your courses reflect fresh thinking in the subject. Many of our graduates take higher degrees or move into new careers in, for example, education, the arts and the media.

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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.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality.
  • Our School of Arts is in the top 5 in the country and our Department of English and Humanities is a top-rated research department in the areas of both English literature and creative writing.
  • You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group - now home to our School of Arts - and be taught by leading novelists, dramatists and artists.
  • Based at the heart of one of the world's most exciting cities, we combine lectures, seminars and workshops with visits to theatres and other cultural and artistic institutions, and we frequently collaborate with leading arts, cultural, theatre and dance and performing arts organisations, allowing you to ground your studies in real-world practice.
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Course structure

You take the equivalent of 12 modules worth a total of 360 credits over 4 years.

In addition to compulsory modules, you choose option modules that allow you to concentrate on particular authors and texts or genres, themes and ideas.

In Year 1, you take 4 compulsory modules.

In Year 2, you take 2 compulsory modules and choose 1 option module.

In Year 3, you take 3 option modules.

In Year 4, you take 3 option modules, 1 of which can be a project.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.

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