The programme is available online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), as well as study materials and help from academic staff. It allows you to study anywhere in the world and fit your studies around your other commitments.
The degree offers the flexibility to complete in one year, or up to five years depending on your desired study pace.
You will be able to access study materials developed by academics at Birkbeck. These include course handbooks, textbooks, and recorded lectures or dedicated audio recordings.
You will be able to discuss your work with fellow students and tutors using a conferencing system. You will discuss topics in tutor groups of 12-15 students.
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 forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
- 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 can study at your own pace (provided you complete your qualification within five years). If you wish to complete in the minimum study period, you should be prepared to study for around 20 hours per week during the academic session (September/October until July).
All modules except 'Professional Development and Learning' and the project are examined by a two-hour unseen written paper. 'Professional Development and Learning' is assessed by coursework. The project is assessed by a 10,000 word report.
Exams are usually held in December, March and July. You can sit exams at an approved centre anywhere in the world (mainly Ministries of Education or the British Council). Each centre charges a fee for hosting exams.
More about exams.