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Join the Birkbeck research community

Birkbeck is different: we specialise in evening study, which means your days are free - to study, work, and build a strong professional network.

With a global research reputation and strong links to industry, a degree at Birkbeck means you will be able to develop the skills, knowledge and experience employers want at the same time.

Birkbeck is part of the prestigious University of London – alongside colleges such as University College London, King’s College London and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Studying with us places you in the heart of academic London, surrounded by world-famous museums and galleries and in the heart of corporate and governmental London.

Research excellence

Birkbeck is a world-leading university with a vibrant, intellectually challenging and exciting research environment. Placed 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (the Research Assessment Framework 2014 research audit of all UK universities). Our academics, like our students, are special people: over 90% are actively involved in research and many are renowned experts in their fields. We are home to 44 research and specialist institutes.

Birkbeck also has links with national cultural institutions, including the Tate, the Museum of London and the Institute of Contemporary Arts and is located near to many specialist research centres, including the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine and the City of London Record Offices.

Get ahead in your career

Most of our students work, intern or volunteer during the day, which means that Birkbeck graduates are better placed to get ahead in a competitive job market. They are recognised and highly valued by employers for their maturity, independent-mindedness, focus and determination. That’s why 95% of Birkbeck’s students are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Birkbeck also has its own professional in-house recruitment agency, Birkbeck Talent, to connect you with London’s top employers for employment opportunities and paid internships.

Build your own Birkbeck experience

At Birkbeck you can choose as much or as little of the standard postgraduate experience as you like. You might work during the day, study in one of Bloomsbury’s world-famous libraries or do something completely different. Many people are drawn to Birkbeck because we support and enable diverse life choices.

With the West End, Soho, Covent Garden and King’s Cross on our doorstep you can take full advantage of London’s world-famous shops, restaurants, bars, theatres and clubs before and after your evening classes. Everything that London has to offer is here for you to enjoy.

In addition, you will have access to the sport facilities, societies, music venues, bars and cafes of Student Central, right next door to our main building in Bloomsbury.

Families and supporters

At Birkbeck, students gain prestigious University of London degrees from a university ranked in the top 250 worldwide. But what marks us out is our commitment to supporting every one of our students through their university journey, offering on-going practical and emotional support from welfare and support services to our in-house recruitment agency, Birkbeck Talent, connects students with London’s top employers.

With your support at home and the extra help we provide at college, our students can change their lives.