Birkbeck, University of London
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
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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.
- 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.
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- 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.
Type of Qualification:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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%
- Male 46%
- Female 54%
- 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.
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.
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