Birkbeck, University of London has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
Would you like to study literature, art, film and media, theatre studies and cultural studies within a single degree? You can do just that by designing your own programme of study with expert guidance from our specialists.
With its extensive range of option modules, this course gives you the flexibility to pursue multidisciplinary interests and then specialise in areas that you find interesting. You can pursue your interests across the arts and humanities, choosing to study film and media, English and humanities, history of art, or a language and its associated culture, separately or in interdisciplinary combinations. You will examine culture through literary and philosophical texts, art and cinema, the mass media and digital technologies.
Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.
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.
In the 2017 National Student Survey, our English courses came top in London and third in the country for overall course satisfaction.
Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 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.
- The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.
For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.
A combination of assessed coursework essays, unseen and predisclosed examinations, practical exercises, demonstration workshops and a final-year project of 7000 words.
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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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.
|UCAS Tariff||120 points||The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.|
|Access to HE Diploma||M: 15 credits||Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in social science or humanities units.|
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.
Applicants are selected by application and may also be asked to provide a sample of written work or to attend an interview.
Foundation Year Degrees
You can progress onto this degree if you successfully complete the foundation year of our BA Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year course. This is an ideal route onto an undergraduate degree if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on this degree.
Alternative entry routes
Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in social science or humanities units.
A Certificate of Higher Education in Higher Education Introductory Studies can lead to exemption from Year 1 if you successfully complete designated modules to an appropriate standard.
You must successfully complete modules worth at least 120 credits before applying for direct entry into Year 2 of one of the BA degrees. Students interested in progressing to an undergraduate degree are encouraged to discuss their plans with the relevant admissions tutor.
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.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|