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Degree-awarding powers

As part of the University of London, Birkbeck shares the University’s academic standards and is authorised to award University of London degrees. In common with other Colleges, Birkbeck supports, and remains committed to being part of, the federal University of London.

Nonetheless, in common with other University of London colleges, the Academic Board and Governors have agreed that the College should seek taught and research degree-awarding powers from the Privy Council, noting that it would not be the College’s intention to use such powers while the University of London Degree remained in existence.

Background to the application

  • Acquisition of degree-awarding powers is an important insurance policy for the future and a means of consolidating the College’s position as a nationally regarded higher education institution.
  • Several other University of London Colleges have already been awarded, or, like Birkbeck, are applying for direct degree-awarding powers. Some are already using them, although many will continue awarding the University of London degree and are holding degree-awarding powers in reserve should they be needed in the future.
  • Birkbeck’s ability to manage the current and future quality of its programmes and to assure the standards of the awards it makes has already been confirmed by the QAA’s judgments of confidence following continuation audit in 2002 and institutional audit in 2005.
  • The University of London degree is rightly valued for its high standard and good reputation. If the College were ever to award its own degrees, it would be in our name - Birkbeck, University of London - and the high standard and good reputation of our provision would continue.

Find out more

For more information, please email Trevor Pearce, Head of Academic Services, or Katharine Bock, Head of Governance and Corporate Support.