Schools and departments
Birkbeck's five schools cover a wide range of academic disciplines and each provide a stimulating, dynamic environment for learning and research.
Our staff regularly feature in the media. Find out more about their research through our 'Birkbeck in the media' summary page.
The pursuit of innovative research lies at the heart of our activity, informing our teaching and our extensive interactions with business, government, the public and other organisations.
We are a leading centre for critical, interdisciplinary and innovative legal research, which informs our teaching and our interactions with policy-makers, public bodies, the legal profession, NGOs, campaign and pressure groups and the wider public.
Our academics are actively engaged in ground-breaking, internationally recognised research, including subjects as diverse as child psychology, climate change, poverty and development, the geology of other planets, and effective treatments for killer diseases.
We offer a dynamic, enriching educational experience, built on our international reputation for research and teaching excellence. We strive for independent, interdisciplinary and critical knowledge and understanding across the humanities and social sciences.
Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
Established in 1965, ours is the UK's oldest applied linguistics department and our interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research continues to drive the field. We specialise in bilingualism and multilingualism, intercultural communication, language development and language teaching.
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Our Department is a centre of original, influential research, highly ranked for its world-leading and internationally excellent research. Our stimulating teaching and wide-ranging courses encompass fascinating periods and topics, from human prehistory to the contemporary world.
Department of Psychosocial Studies
We carry out critical, socially engaged research and we are at the forefront of the development of the innovative, expanding interdisciplinary field of psychosocial studies, which stretches across, and draws from, the social sciences, psychology, psychoanalysis and the arts and humanities.