Student Accommodation

  • 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. 

Postgraduate Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2017–2018). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £7,950–13,950
Mixed £7,950–13,950
Laboratory £7,950–13,950
Clinical -
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine are the clinical subjects.

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.


  • Birkbeck offers over 200 postgraduate courses in arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science.
  • Home to 44 research and specialist institutes, Birkbeck has an intellectually challenging and exciting research environment; more than 90% of academics are actively involved in research.
  • Birkbeck is committed to supporting postdoctoral and early career fellowships, and is keen to consider applications from suitable PhD students and early career researchers of post-doctoral standing, whether or not they have a current affiliation with the College.
  • Entry requirements differ from course to course.

What do Postgraduate Students Study?

4,045 postgraduate students in 2015–16:

Mode of study

  • Full Time 23%
  • Part Time 77%


  • UK 83%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 10%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Biological sciences 165 725 890
Business & administrative studies 50 810 860
Historical & philosophical studies 170 410 585
Languages 180 295 475
Social studies 60 355 415
Computer science 30 205 230
Law 45 180 225
Mass communications & documentation 20 100 120
Creative arts & design 5 115 120
Physical sciences 35 85 120
Mathematical sciences 15 105 115
Subjects allied to medicine 0 50 50
Education 10 25 35
Engineering & technology 5 5 10

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study: