Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

History

Exploring the past is exciting, thought-provoking and sometimes revelatory. This postgraduate course in history will help you develop the skills needed to become a historian, with a taught foundation module in the first term that will acquaint you with the theory, tools, techniques and research skills of historical analysis. We will look at the varied primary sources through which we study the past, from laws and official reports to diaries, letters, memoirs, newspapers, oral testimony, paintings, cartoons, music, film, architecture, landscape, archaeological remains and the internet. We will consider how a secondary source differs from a primary one and the problems involved in interpreting a source and ascertaining its truthfulness and reliability. Thereafter, the course offers 2 routes for you to choose between: the first route is research focused and will support you in producing a dissertation of 7000 words on the historical subject that most interests you; the taught route lets you select 1 module from any of the extensive range of option modules offered by the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology. This programme is ideal for those who wish to pursue their passion for the past, those who want to experience postgraduate historical study without committing to a full Master's degree, and those who are changing direction and moving to history from a different undergraduate subject.

Entry requirements

Open to students who have a 1st degree (BA/BSc). 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.

Course modules

To gain the graduate certificate, you must successfully complete modules worth 60 credits.

You take the module Foundations of History: Sources and Debates (worth 30 credits), and then choose either the:

Research route: work towards a dissertation of 7000 words (worth 30 credits), or the
Taught route: take 1 undergraduate module from those on offer from the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology (worth 30 credits).

Assessment methods

Assessment for Foundations of History: Sources and Debates consists of 1 essay of 2500-3000 words and either a second essay of 2500-3000 words or a literature review essay of 2500 words. Students on the research route submit a dissertation of 6000-7000 words.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,825 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2016 GBP 1,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2016 GBP 1,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2016 GBP 1,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2016 GBP 1,975 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2016 GBP 1,975 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2017 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6268