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.

School of Arts

An invigorating educational experience covering an exciting range of arts and humanities courses built on our international reputation for leading research and housed in the Gordon Square terrace where Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell lived and worked. 

Department of English and Humanities

Department of English and Humanities

An outstanding reputation for imaginative, critical and creative programmes designed and taught by leading academics and practitioners.

Department of Cultures and Languages

Department of Cultures and Languages

German, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Latin American cultures from the sixteenth century to the present day are covered, across a variety of disciplinary areas.

Department of History of Art

Department of History of Art

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.

Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies

Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies

Flourishing interdisciplinary research across film, television and media, including journalism, media and technological history, creative industries, digital media and practice-led research.

School of Business, Economics and Informatics

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.

Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

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. 

Department of Computer Science and Information Systems

Department of Computer Science and Information Systems

One of the UK’s first computing departments, our stimulating teaching and research environment provides a friendly, inclusive space for learning, working and collaborating.

Department of Management

Department of Management

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.

Department of Organizational Psychology

Department of Organizational Psychology

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.

School of Law

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.

Department of Criminology

Department of Criminology

With a proud tradition in critical criminological scholarship and an internationally recognised body of research, our department immerses students in rigorous and socially engaged scholarship and teaching.

Department of Law

Department of Law

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.

School of Science

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.

Department of Biological Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

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).

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

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.

Department of Psychological Sciences

Department of Psychological Sciences

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.

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

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. 

Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication

Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication

We were the first department established in England to focus on applied linguistics, and we remain at the cutting edge of the field.

Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies

Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies

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.

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology

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.

Department of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

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.

Department of Politics

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.

Department of Psychosocial Studies

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.