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Birkbeck Graduate Research School


Welcome to the Birkbeck Graduate Research School

Birkbeck is a world-class, research-led institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence which allows people to study part-time whilst fulfilling other commitments. Birkbeck hosts a community of over 700 research students.

Birkbeck is one of the top 250 universities in the world rankings, and half of our research was in the top 20 in the UK in the most recent REF exercise (the UK Government's periodic audit of research quality). Our postgraduate researchers play a vital role in our success.

In your time with us as a postgraduate research student you will be supported by the Graduate Research School (BGRS).


Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2017


A community of over 700 research students


A wealth of libraries, institutes and archives at your doorstep


The Birkbeck Graduate Research School aims are:

  • To provide a supportive, vibrant environment for the intellectual interests of our postgraduate research students
  • To support our postgraduate researchers to achieve their ambitions
  • To support the development of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research ideas
  • To support the ongoing professional development of our postgraduate research students
  • To promote good practice in research supervision
  • To work with the International Office and International Student Administration to support the specific needs of our international postgraduate research students

We are also responsible for:

  • The maintenance of student records for research students across the College
  • Overseeing the examination and awarding process of all research students
  • Answering queries from research students, their supervisors, administrators and examiners to ensure that the examination process runs as smoothly as possible
  • The administration of certain research studentships and scholarships
  • Providing input on how current processes and regulations relating to research students can be improved
News highlights

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2017

Submit your 2017 PRES responses here

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is an annual student satisfaction survey run by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and supported by Birkbeck. TheĀ 2017 PRES was launched on 1 February 2017 with a deadline of 30 April 2017. The survey is for all postgraduate research students, including those registered on MRes, MPhil, PhD, MPhilStud and D-Psychotherapy programmes. The survey allows you to provide feedback about a wide range of issues including your experience of:

  • Research student supervision
  • Resources at Birkbeck
  • The research culture and research environment
  • Induction arrangements
  • Progression monitoring and assessment processes
  • Research skills training
  • Professional development