Birkbeck, University of London

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.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

Alternative Provider
Alternative Provider

The university does not receive direct public funding

UCAS Code: B24

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.

Student Statistics

Student population


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%

Student gender

  • 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.

Student jobs

  • 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.

Careers advice

  • 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.

Counselling services

  • 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.

Disability support

  • 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.

Students' Union

  • 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.

Fascinating Fact

  • 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.


Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, London , WC1E 7HX