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The benefits of evening study

Birkbeck is London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education. Our students study with us in the evening, leaving them free to progress their life goals during the day. Evening classes are a convenient way to earn your certificate or degree, without committing to full-time weekday classes.

So, if you want a different university experience, with a schedule that suits you, Birkbeck is the perfect choice.

Study at a pace that suits you

  • At Birkbeck, students study at a pace that suits them. In many subjects, you can choose to complete your degree full-time over 3 years, or part-time over 4 or 6 years. But whichever mode of study you choose, you will always attend classes in the evening, between 6pm and 9pm.

We are experts in supporting people just like you

  • Our evening teaching is designed with people just like you in mind: busy people juggling evening study alongside daytime commitments, such as jobs, voluntary work or family or other personal commitments.
  • You will find a wealth of support at Birkbeck, from our experienced academics to fellow students who are fitting evening study around their lives too.
  • All of our facilities and support services are geared towards evening study and stay open late, including the library.

School leavers: improve your job prospects

  • An increasing number of school leavers and college students are choosing Birkbeck because they want to get ahead in a competitive job market. These highly motivated young people want to boost their careers from the outset, by gaining workplace experience while they study, rather than waiting until they graduate.
  • Birkbeck even has its own in-house recruitment agency, Birkbeck Talent, to help you find work experience with some of London’s top employers.

A schedule that suits you

  • Evening study gives you the freedom to plan your days as you wish. Many of our students have jobs, but others study in the library, volunteer or take advantage of being in the heart of London.
  • You will automatically have access to Student Central (formerly the University of London Union), with its excellent sport facilities, societies, music venues, bars and cafes, right next door to Birkbeck. We’ve got our own Students Union too.
  • Some of the world’s most famous museums and art galleries are nearby, including the British Museum and the British Library. We are a short walk to the shops, bars, theatres, cafes and clubs of London’s famous West End.

Balancing study with other commitments

  • There is a lot to consider when choosing which course is right for you, and whether to study full-time or part-time. We advise you to take into account the time commitment required to attend classes and undertake sufficient independent home study.
  • Much of your time will be spent on self-directed study at home or in the library, including preparing for classes and follow up afterwards. Each class will have required and additional reading, with most lecturers giving a detailed breakdown of readings in advance of each class. Sometimes links to articles will be posted on Moodle, our online learning system. Everyone is different, and the study time required varies topic-by-topic. But as a guide, expect to schedule 2 hours of self-study for each hour of face-to-face teaching in class.
  • Find out about our free advice sessions to help you discover the best way of balancing study with other personal commitments.

Prestigious University of London degrees – a mark of quality

  • We are proud of being one of the global elite universities, and part of the prestigious University of London. That’s important, but that’s not what makes us really special.
  • Our uniqueness comes from our evening teaching and the opportunities this provides to combine study with work and other commitments.  This focused way of learning attracts a special type of student, one who is dedicated to their studies, and determined to improve themselves. That’s why studying at Birkbeck is both intense and enjoyable, and why it changes people’s lives.

A progressive university

  • Birkbeck was created 2 centuries ago to provide university education for working Londoners. We still fundamentally believe in the power of knowledge to transform lives, so we go out of our way to make education accessible to as wide a community as possible. If you have the commitment and ability to study, we’ll find a way to make it happen for you.
  • Our progressive and unconventional history means we attract top academics who are passionate about what they do. They are influential thinkers, committed to being active in the wider world.  As well as being leading researchers who write the text books you’ll be studying, many are deeply involved in the cultural and intellectual life of London. So they bring the latest ideas into their teaching.
  • In many universities the star researchers do not teach undergraduates. At Birkbeck, our academics want to spend time in the classroom. That’s because we see our students as part of our learning community, and believe their varied experience enriches our teaching and understanding of our subject. So we’ll treat you as an equal. While we’ll share knowledge and support you, we won’t spoon feed you. We expect you to develop and to voice your own opinions, qualities that will serve you well in the workplace and in life.

Campuses in Bloomsbury and Stratford, with excellent transport links

  • Most teaching takes place at the main campus in Bloomsbury, central London. We also offer some programmes at University Square in Stratford in east London, an area where local people traditionally don’t go on to higher education. We aim to bring learning closer to this population to make it easier for them to participate.
  • Both campuses offer all the facilities you need and are well served by public transport, making it easy to get to and from the College.

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