Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Exploring the past is exciting, thought'provoking and sometimes revelatory. This course will help you develop the skills needed to become a historian, with a taught foundation module in the first term that will acquaint you with the theory, tools, techniques and research skills of historical analysis. We will look at the varied primary sources through which we study the past, from laws and official reports to diaries, letters, memoirs, newspapers, oral testimony, paintings, cartoons, music, film, architecture, landscape, archaeological remains and the internet. We will consider how a secondary source differs from a primary one and the problems involved in interpreting a source and ascertaining its truthfulness and reliability. Thereafter, the course offers 2 routes for you to choose between: The 1st route is research focused and will support you in producing a dissertation of 7000 words on the historical subject that most interests you; the taught route lets you select 1 module from any of the extensive range of option modules offered by the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology.

Course Modules

To gain the graduate certificate, you must successfully complete modules worth 60 credits. You take the module foundations of history (sources and debates) (worth 30 credits), and then choose either the: Research route: Work towards a dissertation of 7000 words (worth 30 credits), or the taught route: Take 1 undergraduate module from those on offer from the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology (worth 30 credits).

Course Additional Entry

Open to students who have a 1st degree (BA/BSc). If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Part Time
Graduate Certificate (Postgraduate) £3,825  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Part Time
Graduate Certificate (Postgraduate) £1,975  Academic year. First year home fees