International Foundation Programme for Postgraduate Study (Graduate Diploma)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year full-time


Five daytime and one evening class a week, October to May

This pre-Master's course is a bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study and will prepare you for studying a Master's degree at a UK university. Through tailor-made courses and training, you will develop an appropriate level of understanding in the subject area you wish to study at postgraduate level.

You will also practise postgraduate study skills, including project management, essay writing, research skills, critical analysis and presentation skills, and improve your language proficiency in English. You will develop professional communication skills for working in international contexts, enhance your intercultural competence and build your social and professional networks.

The programme aims to achieve a good balance between challenging and supporting you. In addition to structured learning, you have opportunities to take part in extra-curricular activities, such as professional networking events, workplace visits, and employability workshops to facilitate your career planning and intercultural learning.

If you complete this course satisfactorily, you are guaranteed progression onto one of over 20 Master's degrees at Birkbeck and, if you continue your studies to Master's level at Birkbeck, you will be entitled to a 10% discount on your Master's degree tuition fees.

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  • You will be taught by Birkbeck's world-class academics, have access to the University of London's wealth of study resources, and study alongside highly motivated students from diverse backgrounds, ages, careers and cultures at a central London location.
  • The programme offers an integrated approach to the development of postgraduate study skills, English language skills and specialist knowledge.
  • Language skills are enhanced through a combination of content-led language teaching, practical communication skills training, cultural learning and the guided learning experience of living and studying in the UK.
  • On successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded a prestigious University of London Graduate Diploma, as well as a guaranteed place on the relevant Master's programme at Birkbeck with a 10% fee discount.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
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Course structure

This programme has the following pathways for you to choose from:

  • Applied linguistics
  • Business
  • Cultures and languages
  • Development studies
  • History of art
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sport management.

You take three compulsory modules and choose one specialist option module, which can include a project if you wish.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.

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Sample timetable

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