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 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. Our School of Arts building in Gordon Square contains dedicated theatre studies teaching rooms and performance space. 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. You will be able to attend events and seminars hosted by the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, enabling you to hear about and experience the latest research and practice from leading scholars and practitioners in the field. Our links to important theatre companies and artists directly inform work in class. Past speakers have included: Tim Crouch, Grayson Perry, Diane Torr, Lucy Bailey, Gemma Brockis, Roy Williams, David Edgar, Samuel West, Josie Rourke and Tom Stoppard. 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: modules include: critical practice 1; theatre languages; portfolio in London theatre; critical practice 2; theories of theatricality and performance; navigational option: examples of past options include: Shakespeare and tragedy; Shakespeare and comedy; tragedy in performance; the West End; the actor and costume; the director; creative processes; critical practice 3; research case study; areas the case studies may cover include: the representation of the child in performance; amateur performances of Shakespeare; the performance of Irishness around the world; an analysis of the work of a specific theatre, such as the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn; critical practice 4; portfolio in contemporary London theatre.

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
BA (Hons) £9,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Part Time
BA (Hons) £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level
  • Mature entry
  • IELTS 7.0
  • SQA Higher
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Foundation / access qualification
  • Interview
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • Tariff 120
  • Course specific

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12% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 19%

Total Coursework: 65%

Total Practical: 16%