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Our BA English offers you the chance to study the full range of English literature, and to develop valuable new skills in writing, reading and critical thinking.

Based in our historic campus in the heart of Bloomsbury, in a Georgian terrace once occupied by Virginia Woolf, this course offers both depth and breadth through its wide and diverse range of modules. You’ll gain a detailed knowledge of the most significant literary works from the medieval period to the present.

Foundational modules in Year 1 introduce you to key techniques in literary analysis, and show how theoretical approaches such as feminism, post-colonialism and psychoanalysis can transform the ways in which you read and think. You can then choose from a huge range of option modules that allow you to focus on single authors, genres and literary periods.

You’ll read texts by Dickens, Zadie Smith, Shakespeare and Plath; encounter genres such as science fiction and romance; and explore literary forms from the novel to comics and beyond. The course’s flexible structure allows you to shape your degree according to your own literary and critical interests.

This course is also available for full-time study over three years.

Our BA English offers you the chance to study the full range of English literature, and to develop valuable new skills in writing, reading and critical thinking. Based in our historic campus in the heart of Bloomsbury, in a Georgian terrace once occupied by Virginia Woolf, this course offers both depth and breadth through its wide and diverse range of modules. You’ll gain a...

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Course Content

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

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

In Year 3, you take three option modules.

In Year 4, you take three 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 4

  • Project BA English

OPTION MODULES

  • Beowulf
  • British Literature, 1945-79
  • English Literary Modernism
  • Fin-De-Siecle
  • Introduction to Old English
  • John Donne and Renaissance London
  • Renaissance Philosophies and Renaissance Literature
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Shakespeare
  • The American Century and Beyond US Literature and Culture since 1900
  • The Bible in English Literature
  • The Victorians and their World

You take the equivalent of 12 modules worth a total of 360 credits over four 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. In Year 2, you take two compulsory modules and choose one option...

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Entry 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.

As part of the application process, you may be asked to complete a written task or attend an interview.

ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES

We welcome applications from students on Access to Higher Education Diplomas. As part of the application process, you may be asked to complete a written task or attend an interview.

Our 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 90 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.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

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. As part of the application process, you may be asked to complete a written task or attend an interview. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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