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‘The historian's task is not simply to discover the past but to explain it, and in doing so to provide a link with the present.’ (Eric Hobsbawm) Join us at London’s top-ranked history department to study the human experience from prehistory to the present across continents and cultures. We are one of the very few departments in the UK to include archaeologists, classicists and historians working on every period from prehistoric humans to Ancient Greece to medieval, early modern and modern societies. Our expertise encompasses much of the globe, with over 40 specialists in - for example - medieval Byzantium, colonial India and modern China, as well as Ancient Rome, Tudor London, Nazi Germany and much more. For students, this means that our BA History programme offers a huge range of modules, stretching around the globe and across thousands of years. As well as deepening your knowledge of the past, you will take a series of 'How to' modules. They provide the hub where students come together with staff to explore the study of the past together. This is where you join the conversation and develop the skills needed to research and write history. You will acquire the analytical skills and critical approaches that enable you to assess historical evidence for yourself and to question accepted wisdom about the past as well as enhancing your career prospects by developing the ability to formulate and communicate your own ideas effectively. HIGHLIGHTS
- History at Birkbeck was ranked top in the UK for intellectual stimulation in the 2019 National Student Survey and first in London for teaching quality.
- We are an international centre of excellence. Since 2001 we have consistently been in the top ten departments evaluated by the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
- Our research is unique in its range across geographical and chronological boundaries. We are the only university department in London to include historians, classicists and archaeologists investigating every period from prehistory to the early twenty-first century. We see the study of the past as crucial for our understanding of present-day society, culture and politics.
- We are at the heart of academic London with access to unparalleled research resources. Situated very close by are: the Institute of Classical Studies, with its library, training facilities and seminars; the British Museum, with its extensive collection of classical antiquities; and the British Library, the largest national library in the world.
- The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is home to thriving student societies and a number of affiliated research centres that actively run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.
For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.
Examinations taken at the end of each academic year (May and June), coursework (submitted in autumn and spring terms), and a dissertation written in the final year (submitted in spring term). Every module you take includes some form of assessment and, in addition, an attendance requirement, so you will need to attend at least 60% of classes in order to pass.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We assess each individual application for potential and talent and admission is by a combination of application and interview. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES Birkbeck's Certificate of Higher Education in Higher Education Introductory Studies or in History and Archaeology can lead to exemption from Year 1.
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£6935||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£6935||Year 1|
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