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Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, part of the University of London, offers nearly 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes across arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science. Taught courses run between 6-9pm with some available via distance learning. Birkbeck is the sixth largest provider of taught postgraduate courses for UK and EU students – some 30% of its students are on postgraduate programmes.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

4,905 postgraduate students in 2016–17

Mode of study

  • Full Time 26%
  • Part Time 74%

Domicile

  • UK 84%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 8%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Business & Management Studies 45 595 635
Psychology 110 510 620
Law 45 320 365
English 105 175 280
Computer Science 35 195 235
History 65 165 225
Politics 15 205 225
History of Art, Architecture & Design 40 135 170
Accounting & Finance 5 165 165
Biological Sciences 40 100 140
Mathematics 20 115 135
Philosophy 40 90 130
Librarianship & Information Management 0 125 125
Economics 30 90 120
Creative Writing 0 105 105
Linguistics 45 60 105
Marketing 0 105 105
Communication & Media Studies 25 75 100
Geography & Environmental Science 10 80 90
Sociology 15 75 90
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 0 75 75
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 0 55 55
Geology 25 15 40
Education 5 35 40
Classics & Ancient History 5 35 40
Chemistry 0 35 35
Music 5 30 35
Archaeology 10 15 25
Art & Design 0 25 25
American Studies 15 5 20
Anthropology 5 15 15
Agriculture & Forestry 0 10 10
Iberian Languages 0 10 10
French 5 0 5
German 5 0 5
East & South Asian Studies 5 0 5
Social Work 5 0 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Courses

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Postgraduate Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 8,175–11,250
Mixed 8,750
Laboratory 8,750–9,200
Clinical -
Classroom
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Mixed
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Laboratory
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Birkbeck offers a limited number of bursaries and scholarships for postgraduate and mature students, supported by generous donations from alumni and organisations supportive of Birkbeck's mission.
  • A 10% discount on tuition fees is available to Birkbeck alumni who have completed an undergraduate degree and are enrolling on any MA, MSc, LLM and MRes degree, starting in the autumn.
  • 10% discounts on fees are available for members of a union recognised by the Trades Union Congress.
  • Please refer to the college website for further details of financial support along with application forms.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • A number of organisations offer accommodation scholarships for which Birkbeck students are eligible.
  • Goodenough House is a postgraduate-only hall of residence located minutes away from Birkbeck's Bloomsbury campus, which offers a number of scholarships to students residing in the hall.