Birkbeck, University of London
Liberal Arts with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
Birkbeck, University of London

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

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 you will branch out into a breadth of different subjects. 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

  • Birkbeck was ranked 2nd in the UK for its English Language and Literature research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.
  • You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group. 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 - Careers and Enterprise - 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.

This programme is assessed using a range of methods, including assessed coursework essays, unseen and predisclosed examinations, practical exercises, demonstration workshops and, in your fourth year, a dissertation.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Mphil / PhD

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.
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Liberal Arts with Foundation Year, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Costs

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • Foundation

University Rankings

Positions of Birkbeck, University of London in top UK and global rankings.

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About Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London (BBK) was established in 1823, and takes a different stance towards admissions than many other universities. Applicants are encouraged by BKK to apply even if they don’t possess the traditional qualifications normally required, as applications here are also considered based on an assessment of your knowledge on the subject, and any work experience you might have. Being located in the very centre of London, students will have all the advantages of the city’s public transport connections, as well as the chance to live in such a diverse and vibrant city with all that it offers.

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Student composition of Birkbeck, University of London

undergraduates:
4800
postgraduates:
2810
Total:
7610
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