Figures show the buck’s top here at Birkbeck

Government data shows salaries for Birkbeck graduates are way above sector averages a year after end of studies and 12th highest in UK.

New Government figures demonstrate how Birkbeck produces some of the UK’s highest-earning graduates with salaries way above the average for universities just 12 months after completing studies.

The College’s Psychology grads earn the highest median salaries of all UK Psychology graduates a year after graduation, earning 36% more than the median. Those who study Economics are second only to Cambridge for achieving the highest earnings and are 43% above the median for other Economics graduates.

The Department for Education’s Longitudinal Educational Outcomes (LEO) salary data shows those who study Biological Sciences (excluding Psychology) show the largest margin, at 65% above the UK median after just a year.

Overall, Birkbeck graduates are the 12th highest earners among UK institutions a year after graduating – up two places year on year – and the third highest in London. The latest figures were gathered for the 2015/16 tax year and examined the salaries of those who graduated in the 2013/14 academic year. Birkbeck graduates have consistently shown salary levels significant above the average for the UK's universities.

Other subjects where Birkbeck graduates’ earnings are ahead of the sector include Business (49% above median), Languages (30%), Law (42% and fourth in the UK behind Cambridge, LSE and Oxford), History/Philosophy (23%) and Social Studies (51%). For Creative Arts and Design the figure is 50%, while for English it is 11%.

The LEO data covers those studying for their first undergraduate degree and does not draw a distinction between those studying full-time and part-time.

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.

“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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