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 a high level of linguistic competence in your chosen language while also acquiring a firm understanding of business and management. Entry requirements are flexible and you can join the degree at various levels of competence in your chosen language, including beginner. 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. Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting'edge articles in the world's leading journals. 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

The programme comprises 12 modules: 4 at Level 4; 4 at Level 5; and 4 at Level 6. Of these, 6 modules are normally taken in either French, German, Spanish or Portuguese and 6 are normally taken in management. Languages Students follow 1 of 5 language pathways, depending on your language level at entry. If you take intensive pathway A (Beginner's), you will take 2 language modules in your first year. Otherwise you will take 1 language module in your first year. Subsequent modules follow in sequence. The aim is to raise your language level to near'native standard in your chosen language by the end of the third or fourth year of study. Remaining modules may be chosen from those relating to the culture (literature, film, visual arts, contemporary history) of the language studied (some of these will be taught primarily in the language in question). Management Modules taken in the first 2 years have been designed to provide a firm appreciation of business and management, and the 3rd and 4th years give students an opportunity for specialisation.

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
  • GCE AS-level
  • Course specific

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23% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 58%

Total Coursework: 34%

Total Practical: 8%