Fees and finance for postgraduate courses

At Birkbeck we aim make our courses as accessible as possible, making course payments flexible and offering the option of interest-free payments to students.

As well as Birkbeck’s interest-free instalment options, postgraduate loans have been introduced by the government for new students. The maximum amount available is £10,000 (£5,000 per year for 2 years for part-time courses).

Use our postgraduate funding calculator to help you explore your payment options in more detail.

Financial support advice

Our Student Advice Service is here to help you - if you have any questions about financial support, or if you would like some advice on payment options, please phone us on 020 7631 6316 (lines open Monday-Friday: 12pm-5pm) or email fundingadvice@bbk.ac.uk.

Fees and costs

  • Please check individual course descriptions to see the fees for your course. Home and EU students pay a different rate to international students - if you're not sure whether you are counted as a 'Home' student, check the residence requirements for Home students.
  • As well as fees and travel costs, you should expect certain other study-related expenses.
    • Books and apparatus: You are advised to consult your lecturers before purchasing textbooks, instruments or apparatus. Expenditure on books will vary, according to the requirements of the programme.
    • Field courses: Attendance at field courses is obligatory for students on some of our courses (e.g. biology, geology and geography). Expenses consist mainly of travel and maintenance costs. You can contact the department via the link on the course description to find out if this will apply to you.
    • Museums and galleries: If your course includes modules on the history of art, you will be expected to spend some time visiting museums and monuments.

Government postgraduate student loans

Professional and Career Development Loans

  • A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. We are a registered Learning Provider (registration number 4857), which means you can apply for this loan to study here.

Academic scholarships

Birkbeck financial support for students on low incomes

  • Birkbeck offers generous financial support to students on low incomes, including:
  • Birkbeck Postgraduate Bursary:  Generously supported by our alumni, the Birkbeck Postgraduate Bursary offers non-repayable bursaries towards tuition fees of £3000 for full-time postgraduate courses and £1500 per year (for a maximum of two years) for part-time postgraduate courses.
  • Birkbeck help with childcare costs: If you are planning to study one of our part-time postgraduate degrees, you may be able to get financial help with your childcare costs. In order to be eligible you must normally be:
    • a part-time Home / EU undergraduate or postgraduate student
    • a single parent
    • in receipt of child benefit
    • How to apply: Please contact the Student Advice Service for further information and advice on applications. (Note: you should identify your childcare provider as early as possible, as they will need to sign the application form and confirm the childcare costs.)
    • If you are studying in central London, you can use our evening nursery service while you attend classes or use the library.
  • Birkbeck bursaries: Thanks to the generosity of Birkbeck donors, we offer a range of bursaries designed to offer financial support for our students. Most of them are available to current students only; however, some of them are also available to prospective students. To find out more about these bursaries, please contact the Student Advice service.
  • Birkbeck Hardship Fund: The College Hardship Fund is used to support students who need additional financial support due to an unforeseen change of circumstance in their personal situation while they are studying, such as redundancy, illness or domestic problems. Please note: you can only apply to this fund once you have started studying - you cannot apply to it before you start at Birkbeck.

10% fees discount for union members

  • If you are a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you can claim 10% off all accredited Birkbeck courses (certificates, undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • When you complete our online enrolment (which you will be asked to do once you have been offered a place on a course), you will be asked if you want to take advantage of the Union Learn discount. You will then be given 28 days to provide proof of your eligibility for this discount. (Download a copy of the UnionLearn verification letter.)

10% fees discount for Birkbeck alumni

  • Birkbeck is offering a 10% discount on tuition fees to all Birkbeck alumni who have completed an undergraduate degree and are enrolling on any master's degree (MA, MSc, LLM and MRes), starting in the autumn.
  • When you complete enrolment online you will be asked if you want to take advantage of the alumni discount. No additional proof should be required, since we will already have a record of you having completed an honours degree with us.
  • Please note: the Union discount and alumni discount are mutually exclusive - if you are eligible for the alumni discount, you will not be eligible to claim the union discount.

Disabled Students' Allowance

  • The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is non-means-tested government funding that pays towards support, including:
    • computers, Assistive Technology software and training, specialist seating, etc.
    • note-takers, dyslexia tutors, mentors etc.
    • additional travel costs (e.g. taxis)
  • The application process for the DSA can take up to three months, so if you are eligible, we advise you to apply as soon as you have accepted your offer of a place on a course to ensure that support is available from the start of your studies.
  • Find out more about the DSA and how to apply.

Other sources of financial support

  • The Scholarship Hub is a social enterprise providing information on UK scholarships, grants or bursaries for university study. 

Birkbeck instalment plan: pay monthly at no extra cost

  • Birkbeck offers flexible payment options that allow you to spread the costs of your fees across the year at no additional cost. Whether you choose to take out the postgraduate loan or not, you have the choice to:
    • Pay monthly by Direct Debit: Direct Debit payment is an easy way to spread the cost of your tuition fees by paying in monthly instalments. The earlier you enrol, the smaller your monthly payments
    • Pay termly or pay in full by credit/debit card: choose between paying your fees in full at the beginning of the academic year, or paying one third of the yearly fee at the beginning of each of the three terms.
  • Use our postgraduate funding calculator to help you explore your payment options in more detail.

Payment by your employer

  • Your employer or other sponsor may agree to pay all or part of your fees on your behalf. You must provide written confirmation from the sponsor of their agreement to pay the fee, and Birkbeck will send them an invoice. If you are part-sponsored, then you will need to pay the balance of fees. Arrangements for payment must be agreed before the beginning of the academic session.