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Why choose Birkbeck?

Every year, more than 1000 students join us on our wide range of courses. They choose to study with us for a range of reasons:

We offer high-quality teaching

  • We are committed to providing the best possible educational experience for all who come here. Our teaching is informed by current staff research interests.

Our research is internationally recognised

  • As a student here, you will have the opportunity to study with world-renowned, research-active lecturers.

We specialise in evening study

  • All of our courses are offered by evening study, whether part-time or full-time. This means that, if you do choose to study part-time with us, you can continue with your daytime commitments while you're pursuing your academic ambitions.
  • If you choose to study one of our postgraduate degrees full-time, our evening study model means that you can take full advantage of Birkbeck Library.

You can join us at any level

  • Because we offer everything, from certificates and short courses, to undergraduate study and postgraduate study, right up to MPhil/PhD level, you can join us at whatever level suits you.
  • And, if you find you want to learn more, you'll find our wide range of options means you can take your interest as far as you like.

We give you the support you need

  • Our students come to us with a whole range of support issues, whether it's because they're juggling family and work responsibilities, or they've been away from education for a while, or they've come to us from another country entirely.
  • At Birkbeck, we've been teaching students like this since 1832, so we have a lot of experience in providing the support you need.

You may be eligible for financial support

We have access to excellent research resources

  • If you study with us, you can get access to world-class resources which will enable you to make the most of your study time.

We have a fantastic location

  • Based in Russell Square we are easy to get to, and close to many libraries, museums and galleries.
  • We provide an excellent base from which to explore London. There is a vibrant contemporary scene of bookshops, cafes and the eclectic features of Fitzrovia. The City, Covent Garden, Holborn and Soho are all within a reasonable walking distance or easily accessed by public transport.

Our students enjoy their time with us

  • Every year, we are joined by students with a range of expertise who are passionate about the topics we teach, and with their own expertise.
  • You may learn as much from them as you do from us, and this means you will experience learning unlike any you can get elsewhere.

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