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. Acquire up'to'date skills and knowledge from experienced practitioners at the heart of London's global media industry and leading academic researchers in the field, such as Tim Markham, Joel McKim, Scott Rodgers and Justin Schlosberg. Benefit from Birkbeck's highly interactive evening teaching. Learn alongside enthusiastic students from different walks of life and varied cultural and educational backgrounds, who bring a wealth of professional working experiences into the classroom. Become a journalist from day one of your studies, developing your professional profile and portfolio of work and improving your future employment prospects. The Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies fosters a research'intensive environment and offers an extensive portfolio of internationally respected courses that span a variety of academic disciplines and engage with the latest ideas and techniques in journalism, media and cultural theory, arts policy and management, film and television studies, creative marketing, digital culture, and East Asian cultural studies. Staff members are committed to working across or between these traditional disciplinary boundaries, engaging in interdisciplinary research clusters that bring together various scholarly perspectives. The Department is also affiliated with a number of research centres and networks, including Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC), the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image(BIMI), the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology andBirkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC). Attend our dynamic programme of seminars, events and guest lecturers organised by affiliated research centres and networks. Birkbeck is different: classes are in the evening, so you can work, volunteer or do your own thing during the day.

Course Modules

All years: modules include: introduction to journalism; the press in Britain; alternative and activist media; government and ethics for journalists; making the web work; news on the net; journalism and politics; media and society; cultural identity and the media; documentary; dynamic web communications; effective website development; history of journalism; interview skills and feature writing; journalism specialisations; media at war; media, technology and everyday life; the mediated city; news around the world; on the air in the digital age.

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
6 years
Part Time
BA (Hons) £9,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
6 years
Part Time
BA (Hons) £6,750  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
  • Tariff 104
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • Course specific

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13% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 85%

Total Practical: 15%