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Undergraduate courses


We offer a number of courses for students interested in studying within the Department of English, Theatre and Creative Writing. Students will be able to gain skills, practical knowledge and research which prepares them for a career in the Arts or advanced studies.

Creative Writing (BA)

  • Students will be taught by acclaimed, award-winning writers.
  • Studying creative writing gives you a chance to become part of Birkbeck's flourishing and supportive writing community.
  • You will have the chance to meet visiting industry professionals from the worlds of publishing, theatre and television drama.

English (BA)

  • Students have the opportunity to study the full spectrum of literature across all periods, from modern and contemporary to the early middle ages.
  • Take advantage of a diverse and evolving curriculum reflecting the most current thinking in literary studies and other related disciplines.
  • A supportive learning environment in which you will be taught by academics at the forefront of their fields.

English and CREATIVE WRITING (Joint honours ba)

  • Students have the opportunity to develop their creative and critical abilities on a fully integrated programme where English Literature and Creative Writing have equal space on the curriculum.
  • You'll study bespoke modules which have been specifically designed for the needs and interests of Joint Honour students.
  • At the end of your degree, you will have the chance to specialise in English Literature or Creative Writing by completing a dissertation in one of these disciplines.

Liberal Arts (BA)

  • Study across several disciplines such as literature, art, history and politics to gain a deeper knowledge of the world.
  • You can tailor their own programme of study according to their interests.
  • In addition to courses within the School of Arts, students can opt to study modules within the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy and Law.


  • Take advantage of one of the world's oldest and most vibrant theatre hubs.
  • Explore all aspects of theatre from live performance to its historical development.
  • Learn practical skills applicable to the industry by creating a performance piece with your future classmates from scratch.

Theatre studies and English (BA)

  • Study with world-class experts across a number of topics with visits to some of London's most cultural institutions.
  • Combine both your passions by study a broad range of modules on theatre and literary historys.
  • In the heart of Bloomsbury, students are embedded within a rich writing culture and close to London's West End, one of the world's primary destinations for live performance.

Foundation year programmes

  • We offer a wide range of full-time evening study degrees with a foundation year which last four years to help you fully prepare for undergraduate study. The first year helps students develop core skills and acquire key knowledge, before moving on to specialist study in the remaining years. We currently offer foundation years as part of the following programmes:
  • English
  • Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing and English
  • Liberal Arts
  • Theatre Studies and English
  • Theatre and Drama Studies.

Browse all our undergraduate courses.