Fees and finance

We offer full- and part-time research opportunities leading to prestigious University of London MPhil and PhD qualifications.

Tuition fees

School of Arts funding

School of Business, Economics and Informatics funding

School of Law funding

School of Science funding

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy funding

Other funding sources

Professional and Career Development Loans

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.

Instalment plan: spread out your payments, at no extra cost

  • Our flexible payment scheme is designed to help you manage your finances. You can pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. The earlier you enrol, the cheaper your monthly payments.
  • If you are paying for your course yourself, you can choose to pay your monthly instalments by direct debit, termly by credit/debit card, or by cash.

Payment in full (debit/credit card)

  • You have the option of paying your fees in full at the beginning of the academic year, or paying one-third of the yearly programme fee at the beginning of each term.

Payment by your employer