Birkbeck, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of London

Liberal Arts

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Course summary

Human knowledge in the modern world is commonly divided into disciplines such as literature, art, history, politics and the sciences. The BA Liberal Arts embraces the different perspectives of these disciplines to help you gain deeper knowledge about the world and its interconnections. It allows you to design your own truly interdisciplinary programme according to your interests and strengths. From a solid spine of critical skills modules taught in the Department of English, Theatre and Creative Writing, you will branch out into a breadth of subjects in the Schools of Arts, Social Sciences, History and Philosophy and Law. You can choose from literature, theatre studies and creative writing, film and media, modern languages, art, history, geography, law and criminology, management, philosophy, politics, psychology of education and psychosocial studies, to build a degree which will fulfil your intellectual potential and develop your employability. Employers highly value the core analytical, critical and communication skills a liberal arts degree will give you. It will also prepare you for further study at master's or PhD level. If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. Highlights

  • Our School of Arts is ranked in the top five in the UK and we offer high-quality teaching and a world-class research environment.
  • Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group - now home to our School of Arts - and be taught by leading novelists, dramatists and artists. The building houses our own creative hub which includes the Peltz Gallery, the Gordon Square Cinema and a theatre and performance space.
  • During your studies you can apply to take part in a competitive Industry Placement module, which offers you the opportunity to spend a term working in an arts-related organisation or arts-related role
Careers and employability Graduates can pursue career paths in education, public administration, legal work, business and management, the arts and creative industries, journalism and publishing, the third sector and campaigning. Possible professions include:
  • arts administrator
  • journal/newspaper editor
  • museum/gallery curator
  • higher education lecturer
  • community arts worker.
We offer a comprehensive Careers Service - Birkbeck Futures - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond.  At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

Course details

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

A combination of essays and examinations, and a final-year dissertation of 7000 words.


How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

International applicants

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. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. FOUNDATION YEAR DEGREES Our 'with Foundation Year' route is designed to give you extra support as it provides you with an additional year (full-time) or two years (part-time) of supported study. This is an ideal route if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you did not achieve the grades you need for a place on this degree. Once you successfully complete your Foundation Year studies, you will automatically advance onto the main degree. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES Successful completion of a Certificate of Higher Education in Journalism, Film and Media Studies, Media Practice or History of Art can reduce your full-time BA degree studies at Birkbeck by up to one year.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Applicants are selected by application and may also be asked to provide a sample of written work or to attend an interview.


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6935 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6935 Year 1
Scotland £6935 Year 1
Wales £6935 Year 1
International £12015 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Liberal Arts at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS