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 School of Arts is in the top 5 schools in the country and our Department of English and Humanities is a top'rated research department in the areas of both English literature and creative writing. We offer an invigorating, innovative and creative educational experience, built on our international reputation for leading'edge research. You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group ' now home to our School of Arts ' and be taught by leading novelists, dramatists and artists. Based at the heart of one of the world's most exciting cities, we combine lectures, seminars and workshops with visits to theatres and other cultural and artistic institutions, and we frequently collaborate with leading arts, cultural, theatre and dance and performing arts organisations, allowing you to ground your studies in real'world practice. We offer a range of world'class research resources and study support services for our students. 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: Critical methods; writing London; reading literature; the novel; aspects of Medieval and Renaissance literature; the avant'garde; Beowulf; Blake; the Bible in English literature; Chaucer; contemporary African novel; contemporary British fiction; contemporary British poetry; creative writing: fiction; English literary Modernism; fin de si'cle; Gothic romance; Henry James and T. S. Eliot; introduction to Old English; Medieval and Renaissance romance; Milton; Old English lyric; poetry books c. 1400'1660; post'colonial literature; reading Joyce's Ulysses; Renaissance philosophies; Shakespeare in context; Victorians and their world; Victorian novel.

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
  • SQA Higher
  • International Baccalaureate
  • GCE A-level
  • Interview
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • Tariff 120
  • Course specific

Key Course Information

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97% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 97%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 94%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 91%

£25,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

165% Go on to work and/or study

In work 50
Studying 25
Studying and working 90
Unemployed 5
Unknown 10

11% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 26%

Total Coursework: 74%