Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This course fuses subject and practice and covers a deep time range, from prehistory onwards to the ancient and medieval periods, and a wide geographical sweep, from the Near East to Britain. You will learn through taught lectures, seminars, field trips, visits to museum collections, as well as excavations on our field school at the end of the first year (and again at advanced level). 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 Library has an extensive history collection, including the major specialist journals, and access to online materials. 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.

Course Modules

All years: modules include: Archaeology of the Roman Empire; discovering the past: methods and practice in archaeology; from ancient to medieval societies; materials and objects in archaeology; the archaeology of Greece; the prehistoric Mediterranean; building the Middle Ages: urbanism and architecture; cultural interaction in the archaic Greek world; geoarchaeology; geographical information systems; living in the Middle Ages; Pompeii (from its beginnings to last days); power and self'representation in the Greek and Hellenistic worlds; religious and political space in the classical and Hellenistic worlds; responses to Rome; the past in the present: classical archaeology in the modern world.

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:

  • SQA Higher
  • International Baccalaureate
  • GCE A-level
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • Tariff 104
  • Course specific

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11% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 58%

Total Coursework: 42%