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Why Birkbeck?

There are lots of great reasons to study at Birkbeck, and here are just a few: 

  • We are part of the world-famous University of London. 
  • We have two campuses: one in the heart of academic London in Bloomsbury, and the other in the creative hub of Stratford, east London. 
  • We award internationally recognised University of London qualifications. 
  • We are one of the world's leading research universities, with a vibrant community of researchers. 
  • Our teaching is in the evenings, so your days are free to study, work, intern or do your own thing. 
  • You will be studying alongside, and networking with, London's working professionals.  
  • Birkbeck's classrooms are a true melting pot, filled with diverse people of different backgrounds, different ages and different career and life stages. 
  • We are a truly global university, with students from over 120 countries. 
  • We offer comprehensive careers, English language, study skills and other support. 
  • Birkbeck is nearly 200 years old: we were established in 1823, to give working Londoners access to higher education. 

A unique and special place 

Birkbeck is different: established in 1823, we are part of the prestigious University of London and we award globally recognised University of London qualifications - a mark of quality and excellence. 

We are also one of the world's leading research universities, where our teaching is shaped by the latest cutting-edge research, and we have two campuses in unrivalled locations in central and east London

Evening study 

But, what really set us apart is our evening teaching. During the day, our campuses are buzzing with research and study, but the evening is when we really come to life, as thousands of different students come together from across London - and further afield - for classes that start at 6pm. 

Our evening teaching means that you will find yourself studying alongside London's working professionals, who are keen to network, make new contacts and advance their careers. You'll have your days free, to study in the library, to enjoy everything London has to offer, or to work or intern in a city that is world-famous as a global hub for business and finance and a vibrant centre for the arts and culture. 

So, you can start building your future while you study. We even have our own recruitment consultancy, to help you find the best work and interning opportunities.

Find out more about evening study at Birkbeck and information on working in the UK, including restrictions on working hours for Tier 4 students.

We are also experts in distance learning, so you can study a number of our degrees from anywhere in the world. Find out more about our undergraduate distance-learning courses and our postgraduate distance-learning courses

An international university 

We are also a truly international university in a truly global city: students from over 120 countries are studying with us, our staff come from across the globe, and our researchers are collaborating with universities, governments, healthcare agencies and businesses worldwide. In the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Birkbeck is in the top third of more than a thousand leading universities. We are also ranked highly for our international outlook, figuring in the top 10% of listed universities, based on overseas staff, students and research collaborations. 

In the 2018 QS World University Rankings, Birkbeck is ranked 308th in the world. In the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, we are ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide in English and Philosophy, in the top 150 in History, Law and Psychology, and in the top 200 for Arts and Humanities, and for Geography. 

On top of our global research partnerships, we are proud to have a number of strategically important partnerships with some of the world’s leading universities in Asia, Europe and the US. We also offer courses that feature a study abroad element and we are part of the Erasmus student exchange scheme, which gives our students the opportunity to study in European universities. 

Research excellence 

Birkbeck is a leading research university, with a vibrant, intellectually challenging and exciting research culture. Our research is cross-disciplinary, innovative and socially and politically engaged. Our findings inform public policy, push scientific, medical and technological advances, support and grow the economy, promote culture and the arts, and make a positive difference to society. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, your course will incorporate the latest advances in cutting-edge research and make exhilarating connections between theory and practice. 

In many universities, the star researchers do not teach. At Birkbeck, our academics want to spend time in the classroom with you, because our students are part of our learning community and their varied experience enriches our teaching and understanding of our subject. 

The Birkbeck difference 

In a Birkbeck classroom, you will find yourself surrounded by a diverse range of people, aged from 18 to 80 plus: working professionals, keen to gain a promotion or change direction in their career; innovators and entrepreneurs, looking to start their own business or realise an idea; successful graduates, eager to start work; students from non-traditional backgrounds, seizing their chance to gain vital qualifications; and the intellectually curious, who just want to follow a passion for their subject.

What unites our students is their curiosity, their seriousness, their dedication, and their determination to succeed. Find out more about the Birkbeck experience

International students at Birkbeck can study undergraduate, postgraduate and MPhil/PhD degrees across a wide range of subject areas under the auspices of our five schools: 

  • Arts 
  • Business, Economics and Informatics 
  • Law 
  • Science 
  • Social Sciences, History and Philosophy.