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Frequently asked questions

What happens at these events?

  • When you arrive, our staff will greet you, give you a map, explain the layout of the event and tell you about the various talks and presentations you can attend. You can also ask them any questions you have about Open Evening and they can direct you to the right staff for more in-depth advice. 
  • We also have welcome desks, where you can pick up prospectuses, maps and stationery. 
  • The main feature of Open Evening is our subject stands, where you can ask our lecturers any questions you have about the course(s) you're interested in. They are arranged by subject and each stand covers all levels of study - undergraduate, postgraduate and MPhil/PhD. 
  • You can also chat with staff from Student Services, including Birkbeck Talent, the Careers and Employability Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service and the Birkbeck Library. 
  • You can also meet former students (alumni) and chat to them about evening study and how Birkbeck helped them transform their lives. 
  • We host a number of free presentations and talks throughout the evening. Presentations include a general introduction to Birkbeck and they cover fees and finance and introduce some of the subjects we offer. 
  • Our Welcome to Birkbeck talks are a great place to start, so you might want to plan your visit around one. 
  • You can take a guided tour of the Birkbeck campus or the Birkbeck Library, both of which are just around the corner from Senate House. 
  • We have a dedicated stand where our staff will sit with you and take you through every step of the online application process.

When is the next Open Evening and what are the times? 

  • Check the dates of our next Open Evenings
  • You can arrive at an Open Evening at any time between 4pm and 7.30pm. 
  • Please note that the event begins to wind down from 7.15pm, so try to arrive before then, if possible.  

How do I register for an Open Evening? 

  • You can register online - it only takes a few minutes. 
  • If you can't register online, or forget to, don't worry - you can fill out a short registration form when you arrive. 
  • You don't need to register for talks and presentations or make an appointment to speak to a member of staff - just come along. Open Evenings are very informal, welcoming events. 

I want to speak to a particular member of staff, will they be at Open Evening? 

  • Representatives from all of our academic departments are available for you to speak to and they should be able to answer your query. 
  • If you want to speak to a particular member of staff, it is best to contact the department directly, to check if that person will be at Open Evening or to arrange a meeting at another time. 
  • We cannot guarantee which staff will be at the event and the staff members giving talks and presentations may change from those advertised. 

Do I need to attend for the whole evening?

  • No, Open Evenings are informal occasions, so you can drop in and out at any time between 4pm and 7.30pm. 

Can I bring a relative or friend to the Open Evening, and are children welcome?

  • You are very welcome to bring friends, relatives and children along with you. 

Can I apply for a course at Open Evening?

  • Yes, we have a dedicated Apply Now stand, where our staff will sit with you and take you through every step of the online application process.

I’ve already applied. Can I check the status of my application at the event?

  • Staff won’t have access to application records at the event, so they won’t be able to check your status. You should contact the Student Advice Service for this information. 

Can I enrol on a course at the event?

  • You are unable to enrol on a course at an Open Evening, but our Student Advice Service can help you enrol and they are based in Birkbeck's main building on Torrington Square, right next door to Senate House. Our staff can direct you to the Student Advice Service. 

Do I need to bring anything with me, such as my qualifications?

Do I have to attend an Open Evening before I apply or start my course?

  • No, attendance is entirely voluntary and won't be taken into consideration when you apply. 

I'm worried about money; where can I find out about financial support?

Will I receive any further information before the Open evening?

  • If you consent to receive emails from Birkbeck when you sign up for the Open Evening, we will email you a guide to the event beforehand.
  • We also upload the Open Evening guide to our website, including the presentation schedule and a list of the information and subject stands.

How long do the talks last?

  • The talks usually last between 20 and 30 minutes.
  • If you have questions or want more information, you can speak to the presenter or to a member of staff on an information or subject stand. 

Can I attend more than one talk?

  • Yes, you are welcome to attend as many talks as you like.

What if I’m interested in courses on different campuses?

  • If you interested in our Stratford campus, you can visit our dedicated Stratford stand for more information.
  • You can also speak to academics on the subject stands about the courses we offer at Stratford.

Can I view student accommodation?

  • We do not offer tours of student accommodation at Open Evenings, but you can visit our accommodation stand to get more information.
  • You can find out everything you need to know on our student accommodation web pages.

Is there any parking?

  • No, but Birkbeck is best reached via public transport.

I have a disability, do I need to let you know?

  • Please beforehand if you have accessibility needs, so that we can help you.