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International students

Our courses attract students from all over the world.

Our psychology graduates receive University of London degrees

  • Birkbeck is part of the University of London, having joined in 1920. The University of London was founded by Royal Charter on 28 November 1836 and is the third oldest university in England.

Our psychology department is one of the top five in the UK

  • In the last national assessment of research (REF, 2014), the Department of Psychological Sciences ranked as one of the top five psychology departments in the country. Other departments in our School performed equally well. The Department of Biological Sciences (which merged with the Department of Chemistry and Crystallography in 2009) made a joint submission with University College London and was ranked 3rd in the country for research power, just behind Cambridge and Oxford. The Department of Earth Sciences also made a joint submission with University College London and was ranked 6th in the UK.

Birkbeck ranks in the top 10% of universities worldwide for its 'international outlook'

  • Birkbeck has been ranked the 50th most international university in the world, in a Times Higher Education league table. The ranking, based on the THE’s 'international outlook' indicator of its World University Rankings methodology, placed Birkbeck in the top 10% in the world out of a cohort of 800 universities.

We have a wide range of programmes in academic psychology to suit a variety of needs

We will prepare you to contribute to the development of the discipline

  • Most psychological theory has been developed by research teams based in the west - or trained in the west. The discipline of psychology is now in a critical phase of establishing the relevance of its theories across cultures. Countries across the globe are developing thriving psychological societies of their own to address local issues; to consider which of the existing theories have most relevance to their context; and to develop theory pertinent to their particular needs. We will introduce you to the current body of knowledge within psychology, equip you to critique existing theories and prepare you to be part of the international scientific community that is working towards a truly nuanced understanding of the mind.
  • For those with a particular interest in the question of cross-cultural and indigenous psychology, we have a module called Cross-Cultural Psychology that may be taken as a stand-alone course by EU/non Tier 4 international students or as part of our Certificate of Higher Education in Applied Psychology.

Students studying in the evening have the day free for paid work or other activities to strengthen their CV

  • The Department of Psychological Sciences is unique in the UK: while being world leaders in research, our courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of busy Londoners and so are often taught in the evening. Evening study allows our students to undertake a wide range of activities during the day to build their CVs.
  • Our undergraduate programmes are taught primarily in the evening (usually between 6 and 9pm). Some of our Master’s programmes are taught during the evening and some are taught during the day. Although students are expected to study for up to 10 hours for every credit received, this still leaves time during the day to get involved in paid work, volunteering and a wide range of other activities to strengthen your CV. The department and College provides a range of support for students wanting to develop their CVs and employability.

You will study alongside working Londoners

  • Many of our students are already working. Many are graduates in other disciplines. Through the friendships you will make and the discussions you will have on the programme, you will gain an ‘insider's’ insight into life in the UK - in particular London. You will become part of a life-long network of peers from the UK and around the world. On graduating you will also have the lifelong support of our alumni network.

You will be prioritised for University of London accommodation

  • International students at Birkbeck are prioritised for University of London accommodation.
  • Our full-time Master's, MPhil and PhD students are eligible for accommodation in one of the various intercollegiate halls of residence situated throughout the London area. Some of these offer accommodation for married couples and families.

We offer a range of English language support

  • The entry criteria for our psychology programmes are relatively high as the study of academic psychology requires a lot of reading and the ability to present complex arguments clearly.
  • We do, however, have an agreement with the Cambridge Education Group who provide a Foundation Year on the Birkbeck campus that prepares students to study on our BSc Psychology and ensures guaranteed progression onto our degree if students complete their Foundation Year with the necessary grades. Please contact the Cambridge Education Group for further details.
  • Once students are enrolled on one of our undergraduate or postgraduate programmes, Birkbeck offers a wide range of support to our undergraduate and postgraduate students who want to strengthen their academic English. Students may sign up for workshops, academic writing days and English language drop-in sessions at no additional cost.
  • Once on the course you may be advised to take an additional language course alongside your studies in psychology if it is felt your performance on the programme could be improved through work on your language skills.

Scholarships are available to some postgraduate students

  • We currently offer some scholarships to postgraduate students from specific countries. At present there are scholarships for students from Thailand, Vietnam, India, Brazil and Latin America more broadly.
  • Birkbeck International Merit Scholarship
  • Birkbeck is offering a limited number of merit scholarships to suitably qualified students from Thailand, Vietnam and India who accept offers onto one-year taught Master’s degree programmes at Birkbeck, starting in September 2016. £4,000 will be paid as a contribution towards tuition fees for successful students.
  • 2016 Santander Scholarships
  • Birkbeck is pleased to offer various £5,000 scholarships to students wishing to study MPhil/PhD programmes from Latin America who will be studying at either undergraduate or postgraduate level at Birkbeck during the 2016-17 academic year.

We have an international office dedicated to supporting international students