Birkbeck, University of London
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
Birkbeck, part of the University of London, is located in Bloomsbury in the academic heart of this globally important 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.
UCAS Code: B24
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Level of study
- Undergraduate 62%
- Postgraduate 38%
Mode of study
- Full Time 33%
- Part Time 67%
Where students come from
- UK 90%
- EU 5%
- Other 5%
- Male 43%
- Female 57%
Undergraduate Open Days
Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you.
Student Services and Facilities
- Birkbeck's library offers a range of services, including subject support, a helpdesk, and disability and dyslexia support.
- Resources include computers, wireless network and image collections; plus library materials can be sent by post.
- Birkbeck's teaching takes place between 6pm and 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.
- 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.
- Birkbeck offers a free, non-judgmental and confidential counselling service, supporting students with emotional and psychological difficulties that affect their experience and engagement with their studies at university.
- The Disability and Dyslexia Service provides support for students with disabilities and dyslexia to enable students to participate fully in Birkbeck's courses.
- The Student Advice Centre helps students with applying, enrolling and studying at Birkbeck and refers students to specialist advisers for in-depth professional support. It includes self-service terminals to access the information needed.
- Student support includes student representation and advocacy, plus an advice centre with evening drop-in service.
- A range of clubs and societies, 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 cafés.
- 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 three-year undergraduate courses, all taught on weekday evenings, to complement its traditional part-time, four-year evening-taught courses.
- In 2013 Birkbeck opened University Square Stratford, a new purpose-built campus in Stratford, east London.
- Birkbeck, University of London, is unusual in that it's an evening university – its logo even features an owl and lamp to symbolise their motto, 'study by night'.
Notable Alumni and Famous Faces
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.
- Alan Davey – Controller at BBC Radio 3.
- John McDonnell MP – Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer.
- Jenny Rowe – former Chief Executive, UK Supreme Court.
- Rob Williams – rower, gold medallist in the 2012 Olympics.
- Kemi Badenoch – Conservative MP for Saffron Walden.
- Gloria De Piero – Labour MP for Ashfield and Eastwood.
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