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Offer holders welcome

Congratulations on being made an offer to study in Birkbeck’s School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication. 

We are a big believer in lifelong education and for over 200 years, Birkbeck has been widening access to education to people from all walks of life. That’s why learning at Birkbeck begins even before your course’s official start date, with invitations to events, opportunities to directly contact your admissions tutor, and resources to give you an insight into how the School will support you.


If you've received your offer to study with us, we will invite you to dedicated offer holder events, including bespoke webinars and taster lectures for some courses. Please sign up to get a taste of what’s going to come in your course.

You are very welcome to come to all our public-facing events, including lectures, exhibitions, openings, and seminars. Feel free to bookmark and view the school's events calendar or view events across the entire Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

You can also find out about how the school will develop your career and strengthen your employability, how the facilities of Birkbeck’s Creative Practice Lab brings together knowledge across creative arts and design industries, and how our research projects inform how you will be taught.

In addition, Birkbeck’s Offer Holder Hub gives you general university-wide resources, including information about On Track, a free summer programme for all new undergraduate students at Birkbeck. 

Campus Tour

You can do a virtual campus tour of Birkbeck, or watch the following YouTube video. Our offer holder events may sometimes include an in-person campus tour as well.


Birkbeck’s Student Accommodation services can be accessed here. We have rooms allocated for Birkbeck students in the University of London’s halls of residence around Bloomsbury. We can also help you find private accommodation around London and offer accommodation-related legal advice.

Reading lists

Because learning begins even before you arrive at Birkbeck, you are welcome to start preparing for your course by engaging with the following suggested reading materials, divided into subject areas.

Journalism (BA level)

  • CONBOY, M. (2012) Journalism Studies: The Basics. London: Routledge
  • FIRMSTONE, J. (2024) The Shaping of News. Basingstoke: Palgrave
  • MARKHAM, T. (2022) Media and Everyday Life. London: Bloosmbury
  • McNAIR, B. (2016) News and Journalism in the UK. London: Routledge
  • McQUAIL, D. (2013) Journalism and Society. London: Sage

Film and Media (BA level)

  • BORDWELL, DAVID & THOMPSON, KRISTIN (2008) Film Art: An Introduction. New York: McGraw-Hill
  • GIBBS, JOHN (2002) Mise-en-scène: Film Style and Interpretation. London: Wallflower
  • MONACO, JAMES (2009) How to Read a Film: Movies, Media and Beyond. Oxford University Press
  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, a documentary by Mark Cousins (2011)

Japanese Studies (BA level)


  • Primary reading
    • Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre (1847)
    • Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
    • Gaskell, Elizabeth. Mary Barton (1848)
    • Pater, Walter. Imaginary Portraits (1887)
    • Rossetti, Rossetti. Goblin Market (1862)
    • Levy, Amy. The Romance of a Shop (1888)
    • Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest (1890)
    • Wollstonecraft, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)
  • General Overviews of the period
    • Briggs, Asa, Victorian Things, London: Batsford, 1988 
    • Briggs, Asa, Victorian Cities, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1987
    • Desmarais, et al, The Oxford Handbook of Decadence, 2020
    • Harris, José, Private Lives, Public Spirit: Britain 1870-1914, London: Penguin, 1994
    • Hilton, Boyd, A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People? : England, 1783-1846, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006
    • Hobsbawm, E. J, The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789-1848, London: Abacus, 1997
    • Hobsbawm, E. J, The Age of Capital: 1848-1875, London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1997
    • Hoppen, K, Theodore, The Mid-Victorian Generation, 1846-1886, Oxford: Clarendon, 1998
    • Flint, Kate, The Victorians and the Visual Imagination Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000
    • Lambourne, Lionel, Victorian Painting, London: Phaidon, 1999 
    • Ledger, Sally, and Roger Luckhurst, The Fin de Siècle: A Reader in Cultural History, c.1880-1900 Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000 
    • Nead, Lynda, Victorian Babylon: People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth-Century London, New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2000
    • Smith, et al. Artist and Empire: Facing Britain's Imperial Past, 2015
    • Stedman Jones, Gareth, Outcast London: A Study in the Relationship between Classes in Victorian Society, Clarendon Press, 1971
    • Teukolsky, Rachel, Picture World: Image, Aesthetics, and Victorian New Media, 2020

Contact Your admissions tutor

If you have a specific enquiry about your course and studies, please find your course below and contact the admissions tutor.

Admissions tutors for Undergraduate courses

  • Creative Writing
  • English and Liberal Arts
  • Film, Media and Journalism
    • Scott Rogers: BA Digital Media and Culture; BA Digital Media and Language; BA Digital Media and Creative Practice
    • Hilary Smith: BA Film and Media; BA Film and Media with Screenwriting; BA Film and Media Practice; BA Film and Media with Language
    • Tim Markham: BA Journalism and Digital Media; BA Journalism with Language; BA Journalism with Media
  • Languages and Linguistics
    • Eckard Michels: BA Modern Languages; BA Modern Languages with international Experience; Graduate Diploma in German Studies
    • Michael Tsang: BA Japanese Studies; Graduate Diploma in Japanese Studies
    • Irene González-López: BA Japanese Studies with International Experience
    • Ann Lewis: Graduate Diploma in French Studies
    • Luciana Martins: Graduate Diploma in Spanish and Latin American Studies
    • Jackie Lou: BA Linguistics and Language; BA Linguistics and Culture
    • Kinga Kozminska: BA Language Teaching and Languages; BA English and Linguistics; Graduate Certificate in Linguistics Studies
  • Performing Arts and Arts Management
    • Elizabeth Bennett: BA Theatre and Performance; BA Theatre and English; BA Writing and Performance; BA Performance and Digital Arts


  • Creative Writing
  • English and Liberal Arts
  • Film, Media and Journalism
    • Dorota Ostrowska: MA Film and Screen Media; MA Film and Screen Media (with Study Abroad)
    • Janet McCabe: MA Film and Screen Media (with Television); MA Film and Screen Media with Film Programming and Curating; MA Film Programming and Curating
    • Joel McKim: MA Digital Media Culture; MA Digital Media Management
    • Rebekah Cupitt: MA Digital Media Design; Postgraduate Certificate in Web Design and Development
    • Paul Gallagher: MA and PG Certificate in Screenwriting
    • Imke Henkel: MA and PG Diploma in Journalism; MA Investigative Journalism
  • Languages and Linguistics
    • Ann Lewis: MA and MRes Modern Languages and Comparative Literatures
    • Marjorie Lorch: MA Applied Linguistics and Communication
  • Performing Arts and Arts Management