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. Birkbeck is also a distinguished centre of research and teaching excellence in politics. Our central London location puts us at the heart of the UK's political life and at the centre of academic London. Our Department of Politics is over 40 years old and has a reputation for the excellence of its teaching and its internationally significant 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

Students will take 90 credits at level 4, 120 credits at Level 5 and 150 credits at Level 6. Beginners in Japanese (part'time study only) will take 120 credits at Level 4, 120 credits at Level 5 and 120 credits at Level 6. A typical course route will consist of: Year 1: 1 language module, 1 politics module and 1 language content module. Year 2: 1 language module, 1 politics module and 1 language content module. Year 3: 1 language module, 1 compulsory politics module and 1 politics option module. Year 4: 1 language module, 1 politics option or dissertation, and 1 politics option. Year 1 compulsory module: the study of politics Year 2 compulsory module: comparative government Year 3 compulsory module: Social and Political Theory Year 3 option module (choose 1): contemporary British politics level 5; democracy and authoritarianism.

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
6 years
Part Time
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

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

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23% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 58%

Total Coursework: 34%

Total Practical: 8%