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How to apply

If you want to apply for one of our part-time undergraduate courses, or our postgraduate courses, you need to apply directly to Birkbeck. Applications open from mid-October for entry to all programmes starting the following October. There is no charge for applying to Birkbeck.

If you want to apply for our full-time Business Psychology degree, you need to apply via UCAS.


  • In most cases, we do not interview applicants who meet our entry requirements but rely on information provided on the application form. However, given the nature of the career counselling courses, an individual interview and assessed group discussion will form part of the selection process for applicants for the MSc Career Management and Counselling and the PG Diploma in Career Counselling and Coaching.
  • Applications are accepted until the end of September. We recommend that applicants apply as early as possible as we consider applications on a 'first-come-first-served' basis.
  • If you are applying for one of our Occupational Psychology courses, you may find the following document useful: Things you should think about before applying.

When to apply

  • We begin processing applications in January of the year of entry and continue to consider them up until the following September.
  • Officially we accept applications up until 10 September. However, although we will do all we can to get your application processed promptly, the best advice is always to apply as early as possible. Don't delay sending in your application by waiting for reference forms to be completed or, in the case of occupational psychology applicants, confirmation of GBR. In many cases, we can make a decision without these; however, if your application is successful, you will need to supply at least one reference before attending an admissions day.

How we will respond

  • Generally speaking, if you are accepted onto one of our courses, you will receive either an unconditional offer or a conditional offer.
  • If your application does not meet our entry requirements, and the admissions tutor, therefore, does not deem it eligible for an offer of a place, you will receive a letter informing you that your application has been declined. However, this does not mean that you will never be accepted to participate in any of our postgraduate programmes. Often applicants will be denied a place because their degrees are not considered equivalent to those of the British system. In this case, if you are able to gain further qualifications of a high standard, eventually you may be able to apply again.

Admissions days

  • Successful applicants will be invited to attend an admissions day; these usually take place in the afternoon, from 2 pm. Although not part of the selection process, you must attend an admissions day before your place on the course can be confirmed.
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