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 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

Modules include: American history from 1600 to present; British and European history 1250'1500; British history 1450'1750; British history from 1750; European history 1500'1800; from republic to empire (Roman history 133 BC to AD 284); Modern European history from 1800 to present; modern history of East Asia; the British Empire, 1780'1960; the Greek world (archaic and classical periods); the making of medieval societies c.750'1250; the transformation of Late Antiquity 284'800.

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:

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

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13% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 60%

Total Coursework: 40%