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. This course will enable you to reach near'native standard in your chosen language while also studying 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. Our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is ranked in the top 5 nationally and is a world'renowned centre of original, influential research. 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 interdisciplinary 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. 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, normally taking 6 history modules and 6 culture and language modules. Depending on entry level, a maximum of four of these will be from one of the languages on offer, forming a language pathway. The language pathway you follow will be tailored to your level of expertise; however, the following is a typical module pathway: Year 1: 1 core language module, 1 language option module and a study skills module Year 2: 1 core language module, 1 language content or Group 1 history module and 1 language content or Group 1 history module Year 3: 1 core language or language content option module, 1 language content option module or 1 group 1 or 2 history module (Level 5 or 6) and 1 language content option module or Group 2 history module

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:

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

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20% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 49%

Total Coursework: 44%

Total Practical: 8%