Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

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. Our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is ranked in the top 5 nationally and is a world'renowned centre of original, influential research. Our academic staff are international authorities in their respective fields, delivering stimulating teaching. Our wide'ranging programmes encompass fascinating periods and areas of study, from human prehistory through to classical civilisation, the medieval and early modern periods, and on to twenty'first'century history, politics and international relations. We run 2 initiatives to help you settle into your studies: a compulsory study skills short course for first'year BA students that will equip you with the core skills needed to analyse and interpret archaeological and historical evidence and to communicate your ideas effectively; and the provision of a personal tutor, with whom you can discuss your academic progress and any problems you encounter during the course. The department is home to thriving student societies and a number of affiliated research centres that actively run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research. Birkbeck Library has an extensive history collection, including the major specialist journals, and access to online materials. Birkbeck is different: classes are in the evening, so you can work, volunteer or do your own thing during the day. Record numbers of students are doing just that and getting a head start on their future careers.

Course Modules

All years: modules include: method and practice in archaeology; study skills; historiography; bibliography; British and European history 1250'1500; discovering archaeology: methods and practice; Early Modern Britain 1450'1750; from ancient to medieval societies; from Republic to Empire (Roman history 133 BC'AD 284); the archaeology of Greece; the archaeology of the Roman Empire; the Greek world (archaic and classical periods); the medieval world 1100'1500; approaching death in Ancient Greece and Rome; building the Middle Ages: architecture and urbanism; death, ancestors and the afterlife in medieval society; gender in the Middle Ages; Later Medieval London 1450'1560 (community, politics and religion); living in the middle ages: from cookery to castles; power and self'representation in the Greek and Hellenistic world; religion, magic and society in Late Antiquity; religious and political space in the Classical and Hellenistic World; responses to Rome from the 18th century to the present; the age of plague (disease, medicine and society in Western Europe, 1348'1665); the Athenian empire; the empire of letters; the English family c.1350'1720; witchcraft and society 1450'1750; dissertation.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 years
Part Time Evening
BA (Hons) £9,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Part Time Evening
BA (Hons) £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Mature entry
  • APEL / APL
  • SQA Higher
  • International Baccalaureate
  • GCE A-level
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • Course specific
  • Tariff 104

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11% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 60%

Total Coursework: 40%