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Birkbeck graduates get an earnings boost

Birkbeck graduates’ salaries among the highest in the UK, five years after graduation

Birkbeck graduates’ salaries are among the highest in the UK, five years after graduation, according to new government data. Students with a Birkbeck degree are the 14th highest earners among UK graduates and sixth highest in London for the subjects we teach, outstripping the salaries of graduates from universities including the London School of Economics and Queen Mary, University of London.

Birkbeck economics graduates earn more than economics graduates from any university except Cambridge. After five years, Birkbeck graduate salaries in physical sciences, which includes Earth science, are fourth highest, after those from Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial; and our psychology graduates are on average the fifth highest earning in the UK. Other subjects where Birkbeck graduates’ earnings are ahead of the sector include: biological sciences, business, languages, law and history.

The Department for Education’s Longitudinal Educational Outcomes (LEO) salary data shows the earnings and employment outcomes of UK graduates, specifically how much UK graduates on different courses at different universities are earning one, three and five years after graduating. The LEO data linked tax, benefits and loan information and covers people who were studying both full-time and part-time for their first undergraduate degree.

Mohsin Aboobaker, Birkbeck’s Careers and Employability Manager, said: “Birkbeck’s model of evening teaching means many of our students combine study with daytime employment and therefore graduate with several years of work experience under their belts.

“Students also benefit from our comprehensive Careers and Employability Service, which offers workshops and events, career coaching, online and face-to-face advice as well as our in-house recruitment agency, Birkbeck Talent. The benefits of Birkbeck’s evening teaching model and our commitment to helping students develop the skills they need to succeed in their careers are clearly reflected in the LEO salary data.”

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