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Birkbeck, University of London

Bloomsbury (London)

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Bloomsbury (London)

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School of Arts, School of Business, Economics and Informatics, School of Law, School of Science, History and Philosophy


Why Choose Birkbeck, University of London?

Birkbeck, University of London is a truly unique institution that has earned its place in the top 1% of institutions in the world. (Time Higher World University Rankings 2012-2013). Located in the heart if central London, the College is London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education and can trace its roots back to 1823. It has a strong international reputation for its unique and innovative approach to teaching, learning and research and is a member of the prestigious University of London.


Teaching Quality

Birkbeck, University of London is renowned for its creative and innovative approach to teaching and research.

  • Birkbeck has a very unique offering in that lectures take place in the evening (between 6 – 9pm) and a large percentage of their UK students take part-time courses.
  • As a result of the College’s unique teaching model, students tend to come from very diverse backgrounds and have a significant amount of professional work experience, which contributes to high levels of engagement within the classroom and gives group discussions with more depth.
  • International students benefit not only from the expertise of the professors but also from the experience and professional knowledge of their fellow students.
  • Birkbeck is committed to developing and delivering excellence in teaching and learning as well as fostering an academic culture that values the synergies between learning, teaching, research, scholarship and professional practice.
  • Birkbeck students are awarded a prestigious ‘University of London’ degree upon completing their studies, a mark of quality and excellence.
  • With a staff/student ratio of 1: 20, Birkbeck was voted first among multi-faculty London Higher Education institutions in the 2012 National Student Survey for quality of teaching and student satisfaction.
  • The high level of research contributes directly towards the teaching quality.


Research Quality

Birkbeck, University of London has a very strong research background. This research informs teaching at the College and ensures that students always have access to the most recent developments in their fields.

  • Over 90% of academics at Birkbeck are research-active, and many are renowned in their field.
  • In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Birkbeck ranked in the top 25% of UK multi-faculty institutions.
  • Research in 11 subject areas was rated as 'internationally excellent' and 'world leading'.
  • The College was awarded a ‘Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education’ for brain research in 2006.
  • The importance of Birkbeck’s research was acknowledged by the awarding of an external research grant which saw the College receive an additional £10 million in funding in 2010–11.
  • Birkbeck has 28 research centres which bring together academics and researchers from Birkbeck and other UK and international institutions to deliver and discuss high quality research.



Despite its unique structure, Birkbeck has a close student community so international students soon adapt to their new environment and feel at home.

  • The College currently has students from over 120 countries attending its diverse range of courses.
  • International students on a Tier 4 visa can sign up to any of the following courses:

    - Full-time undergraduate degrees
    - Full-time Master’s programmes
    - Full-time MPhil/PhD programmes

    A small number of international students may also be eligible to study part-time courses.
  • Since lectures take place in the evenings, students are able to complement their studies with a much broader range of internships or employment opportunities than students at traditional universities. (subject to visa restrictions)
  • Academic support services include workshops in essay writing, time management, presentation skills, and English language courses.
  • A number of scholarships aimed specifically at international are available:http://www.bbk.ac.uk/prospective/international/fees-money-and-scholarships/scholarships-and-loans/scholarships


Student Satisfaction

Birkbeck consistently scores highly for student satisfaction and prides itself on providing students with access to some of London’s finest facilities.

  • For six consecutive years, Birkbeck has been ranked 1st in the National Student Survey for ‘best student experience in London’
  • Birkbeck ranked 111th in the world for Arts & humanities in the 2011 QS World University Rankings.
  • Ranked as number 149th in the world in the 2011-12 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
  • The College was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for excellence in higher education research.
  • Students have access to 720 computer work stations across the College as well as a full range of networked computing services and IT training.
  • There is an on-site 5-floor library with 355 study places and students are also able to make use of e-services which provide access to 353,182 books and 19,885 E journals, 43 electronic databases, allowing them to study from any location they choose.


Employable Graduates

Graduates from Birkbeck, University of London have often benefited from having had the opportunity to take on meaningful work experience during the course of their degrees.

  • Birkbeck students often have a more mature outlook, which allows them to fit into the workplace with ease as they are already accustomed to the associated responsibilities.
  • Course curricula are relevant, modern and applicable to real-life scenarios. Birkbeck has an excellent relationship with London’s employers, many of whom send their staff to Birkbeck to undertake courses.
  • Students can use the facilities of the University of London’s Careers Group which organises jobs fairs, provides careers advice and guidance when searching for a graduate jobs and organises specialised training courses to help students find a job after graduation.
  • The Birkbeck Students Union runs regular employability and careers advice workshops and seminars to help students hone their skills and CV’s.
  • With lectures running in the evenings, students are able to gain valuable work experience during traditional office hours, giving a broader range of organisations to choose from than their counterparts at other institutions.


Variety of Courses

Birkbeck courses are divided between five schools, each of which strive for excellence in the quality of their teaching and research.

  • The Schools are: 

    - School of Arts 
    - School of Business, Economics and Informatics 
    - School of Law
    - School of Science
    - School of Science, History and Philosophy
  • These five schools comprise of 19 different departments, which together offer a wide range of both full-time and part-time programmes.
  • The Academic Schools have developed strong links with industry and adapt their course material to meet the needs for the sector.
  • Schools are connected to research centres and institutes which provide direct access to the latest research and developments in the various fields they cover.
  • The full list of research centres can be found here: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/our-research/research-centres
  • Organised, optional study sessions are arranged to help students make the most of their degrees.



London is home to over 100,000 international students from over 200 different nations. Birkbeck, University of London is located in the very heart of this cosmopolitan city in Bloomsbury, the traditional academic centre of London.

Birkbeck is within walking distance of seemingly endless options in entertainment, history, sport and culture, London can seem a little daunting at first. However students soon find their favourite spots and, with such a multi-cultural society, finding food, films or friends from home is always an option!

The College campus has recently undergone renovation and now boasts an £18.5 million extension to the main building which houses integrated library services across five floors as well as a suite of new lecture theatres and teaching rooms. In addition, to all of the facilities and services available at Birkbeck, students have access to all of facilities of the University of London.

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