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

All years: Latin and/or ancient Greek (beginner's level available); a prescribed non'language module, such as Greek history, Roman history, or the archaeology of Greece and Rome; progression is through modules relating to 1 or more disciplines included in the study of the classical world, such as classical archaeology, ancient history and literature in translation; non'language'based modules include: from republic to empire: Roman history 133 BC ' AD 284; literature in translation; religious and political space in the classical and Hellenistic world; responses to Rome from the 18th century to the present; Roman letters; the archaeology of Greece and Rome; the archaeology of Roman Britain; the Athenian Empire; the Greek world: archaic and classical periods; transformations of late antiquity; dissertation.

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

Qualifications required:

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

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11% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 60%

Total Coursework: 40%