Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Explore your passion for reading and develop your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of literary writing in English, from earliest times to the present day. Learn to appreciate, analyse and evaluate many different forms of written expression. Our lecturers are all active researchers and publishers. They teach modules arising out of their particular specialisms and interests, so that your courses reflect fresh thinking in the subject. Many of our graduates take higher degrees or move into new careers in, for example, education, the arts and the media.

Course Modules

You take the equivalent of 12 modules worth a total of 360 credits over three years.

In addition to compulsory modules, you choose option modules that allow you to concentrate on particular authors and texts or genres, themes and ideas.

In Year 1, you take four compulsory modules and choose one option module.

In Year 2, you take two compulsory modules and choose two option modules.

In Year 3, you take four option modules, one of which can be a project.

Year 1:

Critical Foundations;

Doing English;

Reading Literature;

Writing London.

Year 2:

Aspects of Medieval and Renaissance Literature;

The Novel.

Year 3:

Project BA English.

Option modules:


British Literature, 1945'79;

English Literary Modernism;


Introduction to Old English;

John Donne and Renaissance London;

Renaissance Philosophies and Renaissance Literature;


Science Fiction;


The American Century and Beyond US Literature and Culture since 1900;

The Bible in English Literature;

The Victorians and their World;

Writing Fiction.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £13,350 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £6,935 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £10,025 Overseas Fees