Year of entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
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.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- British Literature, 1945-79
- English Literary Modernism
- Introduction to Old English
- John Donne and Renaissance London
- Renaissance Philosophies and Renaissance Literature
- Science Fiction
- The American Century and Beyond US Literature and Culture since 1900
- The Bible in English Literature
- The Victorians and their World
- Writing Fiction
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.
As part of the application process, you may be asked to complete a written task or attend an interview.
Alternative entry routes
We welcome applications from students on Access to Higher Education Diplomas. As part of the application process, you may be asked to complete a written task or attend an interview.
Ourcan 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.
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.
Compulsory modules are taught by a mixture of lectures and seminars. Option modules are normally taught as seminars in groups of 10-25 students.
A mixture of continuous assessment of written work and examinations.
One 3-hour examination in Year 1; two 3-hour examinations in Year 2; in Years 3-4 only certain modules have examinations.
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 writing and journalism, publishing, editing or research. This degree may also be useful in becoming an editorial assistant, newspaper/magazine journalist, writer, academic librarian or public relations officer.
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. Please note that online application will open in October 2016.
Need help with your application? Watch videos featuring our academic experts giving advice on applying to Birkbeck and answering some of the most frequently asked questions.
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 advise you to apply as early as possible.
Interviews February to July and 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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