Schools and departments
Birkbeck's five distinct schools cover a range of academic disciplines, each providing a stimulating and dynamic environment for learning and research.
An international reputation for research in medieval, Renaissance and modern art history, with students also pursuing interests in gender and representation, art and film, and anthropology.
Flourishing interdisciplinary research across film, television and media, including journalism, media and technological history, creative industries, digital media and practice-led research.
The pursuit of innovative research lies at the heart of our activity, informing our teaching, research and extensive interactions with business, government, the public and other organisations.
An excellent reputation for the quality research and training: the Treasury, the Bank of England and many other employers hire us to train their staff.
One of the UK’s first computing departments, our stimulating teaching and research environment provides a friendly, inclusive space for learning, working and collaborating.
With a broad range of programmes covering from accounting to corporate governance and sports marketing and more, the department is based in the Clore Management Centre, a purpose-built teaching and research facility.
The first department of occupational psychology in the UK, established in 1962, we have always played a distinctive role in British occupational psychology, and increasingly within organizational behaviour.
A leading centre for critical and interdisciplinary and innovative legal research and teaching, informing our interactions with policy-makers, public bodies, the legal profession, NGOs, campaign and pressure groups and the wider public.
Specialising in critical legal education and with an internationally recognised body of research, our department offers a stimulating and dynamic environment for students and academics.
From innovative computer programs to discover how babies learn, to investigating coastal erosion and treatments for killer diseases, our academics are engaged in ground-breaking, internationally recognised research.
Ranked third nationally for research power, just behind Cambridge and Oxford, research and teaching are part of a wider programme through our membership of the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, a joint research institute between Birkbeck and neighbouring University College London (UCL).
With a 100% score for 'environment conducive to research of the highest quality' and ranked sixth in the UK in the last REF, our innovative teaching includes a cutting-edge petrology lab and distance learning options, combined with world-class research.
Our research has a high impact on policy and practice, helping us to be ranked fifth in the UK for research quality. Our teaching team includes world-leading scientists specialising in child development, education, neuroscience and cognition.
Offering a dynamic and enriching educational experience built on our international reputation for research and teaching excellence, we strive to develop independent and interdisciplinary and critical knowledge and understanding.
We were the first department established in England to focus on applied linguistics, and we remain at the cutting edge of the field.
Our staff are renowned for working in areas of critical contemporary theory and policy including: cities and urbanisation, environment and climate change, geo-analytics and modelling, international development, social inequality and cultural change.
Ranked seventh among all history departments in the UK (THES research intensity table) in the last REF, 85% of our research portfolio is deemed of world-leading or internationally excellent quality.
100% of our research was deemed to be of international significance in the last two national research assessments, and over a third of our books and articles were classified as world-leading in the latest one.
We are a top-tier Politics department within the UK, and globally, having been ranked 12th in the UK for 4* research - just beneath University of Cambridge - and 12th in 4* outputs in the last REF.
Our research was ranked 13th in the country in the last REF and, as part of Birkbeck's Sociology submission, 71% of our research was found to be 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) with 90% of our research was awarded 4* or 3* for impact.