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. Entry requirements are flexible and you can join the degree at various levels of competence in your chosen language. You will be studying with a wide variety of students from all over the world and taught by world'class researchers. Birkbeck is at the heart of a global capital city that is full of opportunities for those wishing to hear and speak foreign languages. Our flexible evening study allows you to achieve your educational goals alongside your professional and personal ones. Our School of Arts is in the top 5 in the country. Our Department of Cultures and Languages brings together research and teaching in French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish, making it an outstanding multidisciplinary department. Ours is a community of scholars with shared interests in interdisciplinary topics and cross'cultural research. Our affiliated research centres, Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC) and the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), provide an important platform for this exchange. Our Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice organises a dynamic programme of seminars, events and guest lecturers. 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

You complete the equivalent of 12 full (30'credit) modules, taking 6 film and media modules and 6 culture and language modules, 4 of which will be from one of the languages on offer, forming a language pathway. The structure will be as follows: Year 1: 1 core language module, 1 compulsory culture module and 1 option module Year 2: 1 core language module, 1 option culture module and 1 compulsory film and media module Year 3: 1 film and media option module, 1 core language or option culture module, and one compulsory culture module Year 1 compulsory module: Media Analysis. Year 1 option module (choose 1): Introduction to Cinema; Television: History and Future; The Press in Britain. Year 2 compulsory film and media module: Film: Narrative and Genre Year 3 option module (choose 1): Cultural Identity and the Media; Storytelling in Television.

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
BA (Hons) £9,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Part Time
BA (Hons) £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

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

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19% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 28%

Total Coursework: 64%

Total Practical: 8%