• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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    260
  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.12 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.97 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.81 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    70.5 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    16.0
  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    800
  • Facilities Spend
    Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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    85
  • Good Honours
    Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    58.9 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    68.0 / 100.0

Birkbeck, part of the University of London, is located in Bloomsbury in the academic heart of this global capital city. Birkbeck specialises in evening study. All three-year undergraduate degrees are taught on weekday evenings, 6–9pm, alongside the part-time four- or  six-year part-time courses.

Entry Requirements

  • Birkbeck welcomes applicants without traditional entry qualifications, with entry decided on an assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. Applications from UK/EU and international students are made via UCAS.
  • If applicants have recently studied a qualification with UCAS tariff equivalence, that score will be applicable; this includes A level, IB, GNVQs and BTEC National Diplomas and Access to Higher Education Diplomas in related subjects, where the entry requirement is a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in subject-related units.
  • Birkbeck has an Institutional Partnership Agreement with many of London’s FE and sixth-form colleges: students studying a Level 3 qualification at a partner institution are guaranteed an offer for any undergraduate course, if they meet the entry requirements.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • All Birkbeck's teaching is designed to support students juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
  • Lectures and classroom-based face-to-face teaching take place between 6-9pm on weekdays.
  • Learning hours for each course comprise lectures, seminars, tutorials, online engagement and independent study.
  • Feedback and assessment is delivered both face-to-face in the hour before evening classes, and via email and Skype.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • All courses are taught on weekday evenings, with nearly 80 BA, BSc and LLB 3-year undergraduate degrees, and over 200 postgraduate taught and research programmes also mostly taught in the evenings.
  • Most 3-year undergraduate degrees are also available as 4-year, and sometimes 6-year, part-time study options.
  • Four new foundation year degrees, in a range of subjects. The foundation year helps build core knowledge and key skills, with successful completion giving automatic progression to the 3rd-year of an undergraduate degree.
  • 40 University of London Certificates of Higher Education, stand-alone modules that can also serve as a route into BA courses.
  • Some courses are also offered in Stratford, east London.

Student Services and Facilities

  • My Birkbeck student advice and support centre, including a newly upgraded dedicated student support website covering a full range of services.
  • Library, recently refurbished with over 400 study places, more than 100 databases and more than 30,000 electronic journals; comprehensive computing services and IT training.
  • Childcare services offering an affordable, professional evening nursery service at the Bloomsbury campus for children aged 2 to 6 years.

Disability Services

  • The Disability and Dyslexia Service provides support for students with disabilities and dyslexia and aims to ensure an environment that enables students to participate fully in Birkbeck's courses.
  • The My Birkbeck Student Advice Centre helps students with applying, enrolling and studying at Birkbeck and refers students to specialist advisers for in-depth professional support. Includes self-service terminals to access the information needed.

Students' Union

  • Student support includes student representation and advocacy, an advice centre with evening drop-in service.
  • A range of clubs and societies, ranging from archaeology to football.
  • Student Central (formerly the University of London Union) next door to Birkbeck’s main campus, offers excellent music venues, societies, bars and cafes.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Birkbeck's teaching takes place between 6pm–9pm, giving students the opportunity to work during the day.
  • Birkbeck Talent is the college's in-house professional recruitment service, aimed exclusively at helping Birkbeck students find work while studying and after graduation.

Careers Guidance

  • Comprehensive careers, recruitment and employability advice, events and information services are offered online and face-to-face through Birkbeck's Careers and Employability Service.
  • Services include workshops and events on finding work; speaking to careers advisers; panel discussions with employers, industry professionals, Birkbeck alumni and careers consultants; CV and application writing and preparing for interviews.
  • Birkbeck Talent, the college in-house professional recruitment service, offers bespoke support for Birkbeck students, helping them to find work while studying and after graduation.
  • Support including one-day workshops, a specialist interdisciplinary course and digital resources offered to student entrepreneurs and those interested in self-employment.

Student Mix

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5,000–10,000
Large
>10,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 67%
  • Postgraduate 33%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 31%
  • Part Time 69%

Where students come from

  • UK 90%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 5%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

History

  • Birkbeck was founded in 1823 as the Mechanics Institution by George Birkbeck; his radical view that high-quality university education should be available in the evening for working Londoners and those who would otherwise not be able to study, still drives the college today.
  • Birkbeck became part of the University of London in 1920 on condition it continued to provide flexible, evening teaching. In 2010 Birkbeck introduced 3-year undergraduate courses, all taught on weekday evenings, to complement its traditional part-time, 4-year evening-taught courses.
  • In 2013 Birkbeck opened University Square Stratford, a new purpose-built campus in Stratford, east London.

Notable Alumni

Most Birkbeck alumni are building successful careers in London, a city offering some of the best job and careers opportunities in the country. Many alumni remain actively engaged with the college, providing mentoring and other advice to current students.

  • Helen Sharman – the first British person to go into space.
  • Edward 'Bear' Grylls – adventurer and TV presenter.
  • Juliet Davenport OBE – Chief Executive Officer of Good Energy Ltd.
  • Simon Bird – comedy writer and actor, best known for The Inbetweeners.
  • Chris Corbin – restaurateur and founder of The Wolseley and The Delaunay.
  • Alan Davey – Controller at BBC Radio 3.
  • John McDonnell MP – Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  • Luciana Berger MP – Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree.
  • Jenny Rowe – former Chief Executive, UK Supreme Court.
  • Rob Williams – rower, gold medallist in the 2012 Olympics.

Further Details

Address Birkbeck
University of London
Malet Street
London
WC1E 7HX
UCAS Code B24