Birkbeck Uuniversity of London Film and Media

Birkbeck Uuniversity of London Film and Media

Programme overview

This popular and well-established programme combines the academic study of film, television and digital media, with the chance to develop your creative skills in a range of practice-oriented modules.

You will learn how technology, business, and above all human creativity have forged the contemporary media world in which we live. You will be challenged to engage critically and imaginatively with a wide variety of audiovisual styles from around the world and from different historical periods. And you will be given the opportunity to learn about screenwriting, cinematography, sound design and digital editing, from a practical as well as a critical point of view.

Our teaching staff are passionate about film and media; many are highly ranked researchers in their field, while others have extensive practical experience in the creative and cultural industries. They will change the way that you see the world around you, and help you to acquire new skills and develop your intellectual confidence.

This course is also available for part-time evening study over 4 years.

If you are interested in this course, you may also want to consider our new BA Global Cinemas and Screen Arts, offered jointly with SOAS.

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.

Admission is based on an interview and you may also be asked to complete a written task.

UCAS tariff points


The UCAS tariff system has changed for courses starting in September 2017 and is now calculated using a new number system. This means applicants applying for courses from October 2016 will see entry requirements and offers expressed using the new tariff.

The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

Alternative entry routes

We welcome applications from students on Access to Higher Education Diplomas. Admission is based on an interview and you may also be asked to complete a written task.

Our Certificates of Higher Education in Film and Media Studies, Journalism, Media Practice, Screenwriting and Higher Education Introductory Studies may lead to exemption from some modules.

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.