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Celebrating 50 years of British Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck

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Evening study in London

All of our courses are taught by evening study.

Blog on Dr Tony Young's The Social Psychology of Communication and Living with Dementia

PhD student Louise Rolland has written a blog on our latest 50th Anniversary Talk.

Students mark 80 papers for the UK Linguistics Olympiad

The first UK Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO) “markathon” organised at Birkbeck successfully took place on 9th and 11th February 2015.

Funding for Research Students

Six fully funded MPhil/PhD Postgraduate Research Scholarships are available for 2015/16

100% at the highest ratings achieved for REF

Applied Linguistics and Communication in its joint submission with the Department of Cultures and Languages achieved 100% at the highest ratings for research environment and is deemed as a place most ‘conducive to producing research of world-leading and internationally excellent quality, in terms of its vitality and sustainability

Blog on Dr John O'Regan's English as a lingua franca: Fetishism and critique

PhD student Alexandra Shaitan blogs about her experience of our third 50th anniversary lecture.

CMMR - Do multilinguals have more friends?

Dr Charlotte Kemp is an expert in multilingualism, having discovered in her PhD, which she did at the University of Edinburgh (2001), that polyglots possess superior metalinguistic awareness.

Applied Linguistics and Communication Celebrates its research success.

Applied Linguistics and Communication Celebrates its research success.

Birkbeck celebrates strong research success

Birkbeck welcomes the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), published today.

12 May 2015 - 16:00: Open Evening

12 June 2015 - 10:00: 50th Anniversary Conference

25 June 2015 - 16:00: Open Evening

09 September 2015 - 16:00: Open Evening

24 November 2015 - 16:00: Open Evening


In the below video, students describe how Birkbeck, University of London helps them to combine work and family commitments with studying and how their courses are financed through affordable loans.

London International students talk about their studies with us.

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