BIRKBECK UNIVERSITY LONDON

Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education – which means students can balance studying with work, family and other commitments.

Birkbeck was founded in 1823 and joined the University of London in 1920. Because Birkbeck lectures are in the evening, many students work, intern or volunteer during the day, making them better placed to get ahead in a competitive job market. Birkbeck also offers exceptional career development through its alumni mentoring scheme and its in-house recruitment service, Birkbeck Talent. Students are recognised and highly valued by employers for their maturity, independent-mindedness, focus and determination. That’s why 95% of Birkbeck’s students are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Programmes are offered across the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, law and business. Undergraduate students can complete in 3, 4 or 6 years, at a pace that suits them. Applications are encouraged from students without traditional qualifications and a wide range of programmes are offered to suit every entry level, with many bursaries and scholarships on offer.

COURSES

Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
School of Arts
School of Business, Economics and Informatics
Department of Biological Sciences
Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
Department of Cultures and Languages
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
Department of English and Humanities
Department of Film, Media and Cultural Sciences
Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Department of History of Art
School of Law
Department of Management
Department of Organisational Psychology
Department of Philosophy
Department of Politics
Department of Psychological Sciences
Department of Psychosocial Studies
School of Science
School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

ABOUT THE AREA

Birkbeck is principally located between Malet Street and Woburn Square in Bloomsbury, with a number of institutes, teaching hospitals, and scientific laboratories on nearby streets. The Friends House is also partially owned by Birkbeck Law School. The School of Arts, including the Department of English & Humanities, is housed in Virginia Woolf’s former Gordon Square residence in Bloomsbury. Other notable former residents of this house include John Maynard Keynes, Vanessa Bell, and Lydia Lopokova. The Gordon Square building includes the Birkbeck Cinema and the Peltz Gallery.

Many Birkbeck classes are taught at other locations around the Bloomsbury area, due to a combination of Birkbeck’s widening participation strategy to make higher education accessible and also because nearly all classes on one day are taught at the same time, resulting in heavy competition for limited space.

Birkbeck expanded into east London, in conjunction with the University of East London. The project is known as Birkbeck Stratford. The campus officially opened in November 2013.

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