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Why study with us?

Birkbeck is a great place to study. Not only will you be taught by academics with a passion for their subjects, but you’ll be joining a community of learners who offer each other a vast amount of mutual support.

Expert teaching

  • As a Birkbeck student, you can be sure you’re getting an unrivalled teaching and learning experience. Birkbeck has consistently ranked number one in the annual (UK) National Student Surveys.
  • You’ll find that our academic staff have a wealth of experience and expertise in supporting and encouraging students tackling academic challenges. The combination of academic expertise and friendly approach results in a truly inspirational learning experience for Birkbeck students.
  • We use a range of teaching approaches, designed to engage our students directly in their learning, among them:
    • Formal lectures: these are used to give an overview of a particular field of study. These aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.
    • Discussion classes and seminars: these give you a chance to interact with your peers and develop insights into analysing and interpreting the subject matter you are learning.
    • Group work: some of our modules involve group work, which gives you the opportunity to learn the best way to make group decisions, as well as learn how to take a leadership role.

Specialists in evening study

  • Birkbeck has been London’s only specialist provider of part-time, evening higher education since it was founded in 1823. Established experts in the field of part-time education, we have a real understanding of the needs of our students.
  • All of our face-to-face taught courses are offered by evening study, which means our part-time students can fit their studies around full-time work or family commitments; our full-time students can do research or part-time work during the day.
  • On a more personal level, our academic staff have a wealth of experience and expertise in supporting and encouraging students undertaking studyon top of work and other commitments.

University of London qualifications

  • As a college of the University of London, Birkbeck awards internationally respected University of London qualifications. In its most recent institutional audit, the College received the highest recommendation of broad confidence in its academic standards by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). The QAA is an independent body responsible for auditing UK higher education institutions to ensure that they are maintaining sound academic standards.
  • By studying with us, you can feel confident that you are studying at a quality institution and getting an unrivalled higher education experience. You will also gain a prestigious University of London qualification that will enhance your future career prospects.

Personal and professional development

  • Our courses will enable you to develop transferable skills – the general capabilities that help people to succeed in a variety of jobs and situations, such as communication and presentation skills, report writing and critical thinking.
  • Specifically, studying these courses will help you:
    • develop your intellectual capability through arguments
    • learn how to question existing knowledge and approaches
    • develop a critical appreciation of the subject matter
    • improve your communication skills
    • develop your interpersonal skills
    • help you develop quantitative skills that can be applied in the analysis of data and in problem-solving

Full-time study at postgraduate level

We are based in central London

  • Birkbeck's main campus is located at the heart of the University of London in Bloomsbury (WC1). This part of central London offers world-famous museums and galleries in a setting of beautiful, leafy squares.
  • The Clore Management Centre, where we are based, overlooks the newly landscaped gardens of Torrington Square, as well as Birkbeck's recently redeveloped glass-fronted library.
  • Birkbeck is surrounded by tube and mainline rail stations, including Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street, Euston and King’s Cross. Many bus routes pass down nearby Gower Street or go via Russell Square.
  • You’ll also find an extensive network of cycle routes leading to Birkbeck, plus ample parking facilities around the College for bicycles.
  • Wherever you are based, you'll find it easy to get to us, at the end of the day.
  • Whatever your reasons for studying, be they career advancement or a desire to satisfy your thirst for knowledge, and wherever you live or work in London, we look forward to welcoming you to Birkbeck.

Network learning-computer conferencing

  • Our MSc in Organizational Psychology is offered by Network (or Distance) learning as well as face to face in the evenings. This flexible approach is especially useful for people who cannot attend Birkbeck regularly. Our approach to network learning has been a popular and successful means of study for our organizational psychology students since 1989.
  • Our network learning programme differs from other distance programmes as it includes attendance at termly weekend workshops. Teaching is through tutor facilitated computer conferencing in addition to online materials. This blended mode of teaching retains the flexibility of a distance learning programme but avoids the isolation often experienced on conventional distance learning programmes.
  • The delivery of programmes via computer conferencing enables you to study from anywhere in the world, at any time - from home, from work or on the train. By contributing to online discussions, you will examine set topics in tutored groups of 15-20. Within a structured three-term teaching year, you can contribute to the conferencing discussion at the times that suit you best. All contributions are stored, and you have the benefit of being able to make reflective and considered contributions, as well as being able to save all contributions, to keep a permanent record of the discussion on a particular topic.
  • Computer conferencing is combined with online materials including lecture recordings and essential reading material. Termly weekend workshops include lectures and face to face group work and the opportunity to meet tutors.

Weekend workshops

  • There are five weekend workshops that all MSc Network Learning students must attend. The workshops generally run from late afternoon on Friday through to lunchtime on Sunday and may include evening activities. The workshops are non-residential and take place here at Birkbeck in Central London.
  • For 2017-18, the first-weekend workshop will be from 13.00 Friday 28 September to 13.00 Sunday 30 September. This will include induction to the programme, introductions to your tutors and peers and work on the first two modules: Research Methods and Life Career Development. If you are taking the programme in one year you will also attend the following weekend 17.30 Friday 5th October to 13.00 Sunday 7 October. This will focus on Understanding Organizational Change and the Research Project.
  • You can find out about the history of our distance learning programme here

Distance learning courses

  • If you are unable to attend weekend workshops in London, you may find the London International web site helpful. This outlines MSc or Postgraduate Diploma programmes in Organizational Psychology or Human Resource Management by distance learning, via University of London International Programmes.
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