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Step up to Postgraduate Study in Arts

Step Up to Postgraduate Studies in Arts is an award-winning, blended learning module to help postgraduate students in the School of Arts make the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study. 

This summer the Step Up module is free of charge and open to any student in the School of Arts who has applied for a postgraduate course beginning in October 2019 or January 2020. This includes anyone who has been offered, or has already accepted, a place on a postgraduate certificate, diploma or MA course in the School of Arts.

Step Up is an academic skills module designed to help you improve your skills and gain confidence in your abilities before the start of your postgraduate course. It is relevant to all arts subjects and complements the kinds of academic skills you will learn on your course. You will have early access to Birkbeck Library and valuable e-resources, such as bibliographic databases.

Most of your learning is done online via Moodle, our virtual learning environment, so you will need a device with internet access. The course will open on Monday 15 July and close on Monday 23 September 2019. Most of the online parts of the module are flexible and you can complete some or all of them at any time over the summer period, at home, in College, or anywhere else that suits you.

There are two face-to-face sessions: Monday 15 July 2019 and Wednesday 7 August 2019, from 6pm to 7.30pm. You should try to come to at least one of the sessions, which will be held in the Keynes Library in our historic School of Arts building on Gordon Square in Bloomsbury. At the launch on 15 July, there will be a drinks reception, too, so you can socialise and network with your fellow students. If you are unable to attend any of the face-to-face events, you are still most welcome to participate in the course at your own pace. 

The Step Up module consists of the following six units: 

  • Critical Thinking
  • Seminar Skills
  • Using Research Materials
  • Plagiarism, Referencing and Bibliography
  • The Language of Academic English
  • Planning and Structuring your Writing

The sample materials and exercises are built around the theme, 'The City in Arts/Arts in the City'. Each unit contains text-based and visual materials and provides a creative approach to building the skills you need to work with a variety of methods and subjects. This allows you to get a taste of some of the kinds of materials and ideas you will be working with on a postgraduate programme in the School of Arts. 

You will also have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and staff throughout the summer via the module’s online Arts Café. In each week of the module, at least two tutors will be available to address questions and participate in conversations. 

The module is non-accredited - marks are for feedback only. 

Self-enrol now via this link

This module is non-accredited and carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    If you have received your invitation from the School of Arts, you can self-enrol now - we will then send further details about the course introduction and reception 

    The fee of £150 does not apply to Step Up students who have accepted their place on a postgraduate course in the School of Arts. 

    Self-enrol now via this link