The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to course-specific deadlines) using the study materials provided and support from a dedicated tutor.
The degree offers the flexibility to complete in one year, or up to five years depending on your desired study pace.
We will send you study materials developed by academics at Birkbeck. These include a core subject guide for each course; further textbooks and collections of key readings; and various online and multimedia tools.
All study materials (articles and/or set texts) are included in the programme fee, with the exception of materials required to carry out the Research Project.
Tutors oversee all modules; they respond to queries, monitor discussions and provide general guidance. Each module includes interactive study materials, including videos, quizzes and online discussions. Each module also includes a revision week and revision guidance.
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and activities.
- The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
- Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.
We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.
You will have access to support through:
- The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
- TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.
You study one module at a time over a sixteen-week study session. There are two study sessions (and two dissertation sessions) per year. If you follow this without interruption, you should complete in the minimum two-year period.
You should expect to study between 10-15 hours a week during these sessions.
Each module is assessed by a series of written online activities (30% of the module mark), and a coursework essay of 4,000-5,000 words (70% of the mark). Exams are usually held in December, March and July.
The dissertation will be assessed by an initial 1,500 word research proposal (15%) followed by a written dissertation of up to 15,000 words, excluding bibliography and appendices (85%).
More about coursework.