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Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London's only specialist provider of evening higher education – which means students can balance studying with work, family and other commitments.

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Exterior of Birkbeck, University of London in the evening

Birkbeck was founded in 1823 and joined the University of London in 1920. Because Birkbeck lectures are in the evening, many students work, intern or volunteer during the day, making them better placed to get ahead in a competitive job market. Birkbeck also offers exceptional career development through its alumni mentoring scheme and its in-house recruitment service, Birkbeck Talent. Students are recognised and highly valued by employers for their maturity, independent-mindedness, focus and determination. That’s why 95% of Birkbeck’s students are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Number of students

  • 13,937 : No of students
  • 9,682 : Undergraduate
  • 4,255 : Postgraduate
  • 1,270 : International

Over 90% of Birkbeck academics are research-active and many are renowned experts in their fields.

Programmes are offered across the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, law and business.

Undergraduate students can complete in 3, 4 or 6 years, at a pace that suits them. Applications are encouraged from students without traditional qualifications and a wide range of programmes are offered to suit every entry level, with many bursaries and scholarships on offer.

The main campus is located in the heart of Bloomsbury, surrounded by world-famous museums and galleries with the West End, Soho, Covent Garden and King’s Cross on your doorstep.