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How it works

Birkbeck is geared to supporting the needs of students who are juggling daytime work or other commitments with evening study, whether studying part-time or full-time.

Classes usually take place between 6pm and 9pm and use various formats:

  • Lectures: Lectures are an efficient way to impart information to a large group of students. The teacher will explain concepts and ideas during a 90 minute session.
  • Seminars: Seminars allow students to discuss and clarify concepts. We encourage students to see seminars as student-led so you can focus on what you need. As many of our students work full-time, they bring a wealth of experience to the discussions and you will find them dynamic and stimulating.
  • Group work: In the course of your study, you may be encouraged to approach some of your seminar problems as a group exercise.
  • Study groups: Students often find it useful to get together with other students living in their area to discuss work which helps to reinforce confidence and ideas.

All of our programmes are supported by Moodle – our online learning environment. Moodle provides an area on the web where you can communicate with your lecturers and fellow students. You will also be able to view and download course materials.

How much time?

Part-time study will usually require you to attend two evening classes a week where each class lasts for 3 hours. This may vary depending on which course you choose study. Our online prospectus has the specific information for each programme.

Full-time study will usually require you to attend 3 classes a week. You may also be required to attend classes during the day so it is important to check before you apply.

Beyond the attendance at classes, you will have work to do on your own. This will include reading and assignments. Exactly how much time this will take up each week will vary from student to student.

Our online listings have specific information related to each programme. If you have any further questions, please do get in touch.