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Enrolling on a course

Enrol as soon as possible to ensure you receive the full benefits of studying at Birkbeck. Follow the steps below to complete your enrolment, or contact the Student Advice Service for support.

EU students enrolling in 2019-20 will be charged the Home student fee for the duration of your course.

Enrolling is important, because you are not officially a Birkbeck student and cannot begin to study until you complete your enrolment. Enrolling means you can:

  • attend your lectures and seminars
  • receive details or your Orientation and Department induction programme
  • choose your modules and view your timetable on My Birkbeck
  • access student loan funding and financial support
  • access your module information on Moodle (where reading lists and course-related information are posted)
  • receive the details of your Personal Tutor, seminar and tutor group allocation
  • use the Birkbeck Library 
  • order your student card, request a bank letter or apply for a Council Tax exemption letter from Student Services
  • access a Birkbeck email address
  • become a member of the Birkbeck College Students' Union and join the student societies
  • gain full access to all College support services, such as the Careers and Employability Service
  • progress applications for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and implement reasonable adjustments to support your study. 

Please note: The enrolment process does not apply to our direct-enrolment short courses (where you enrol as soon as you book onto the course) or to our modular Certificates of Higher Education

When to enrol

  • Complete your enrolment as soon as possible.
  • Enrolment is online and only takes 15 minutes. You do not become a Birkbeck student until you complete enrolment.
  • If you are intending to study a short course or a certificate of higher education that doesn't have an application process, you can enrol directly at any time. 

How to enrol as a new student

  • We will send you an email inviting you to enrol online if: 
    • you have been formally accepted on a programme of study
    • you have accepted your offer of admission
    • there are no outstanding offer conditions. 
  • The email will contain your username and password; you will need to enrol by logging into My Birkbeck. This is your student account, which you can access with your username and password. 
  • During enrolment you may be asked to upload ID documents; you will only need to do this at the start of your course (you won't have to do this for the following years). You will not be able to complete enrolment until your ID documents have been verified. 

How to enrol as a continuing student 

  • If you are a continuing student at Birkbeck (ie you are in the second or following year of your degree course), you should enrol by logging into My Birkbeck.
  • Please note: if you haven't completely paid your tuition fees from the preceding year, you will not be allowed to enrol. Please contact the Income Office for advice if you are having trouble paying your fees. 

Postgraduate loans and enrolment: a step-by-step guide

  • Once you've met the conditions attached to your offer (if there are any), you will receive instructions on how to enrol directly from Birkbeck. If you tell us during enrolment that you are going to apply for a UK Government postgraduate loan:
    • You will need to apply for the loan as soon as possible.
    • Student Finance England can confirm your eligibility for the loan, but will not release the money until Birkbeck confirms that you are enrolled.
    • Once you are an enrolled student, Birkbeck will inform Student Finance England, and this will enable them to release the money to you.
    • The loan will be paid directly to you; you then need to pay the fees to Birkbeck.
  • Loan payment dates for 2019-20 are as follows (please note that the Birkbeck due dates are the same):
    • Payment 1: 30 September 2019
    • Payment 2: 13 January 2020
    • Payment 3: 27 April 2020
    • Loan instalment dates are indicative - your first instalment may be paid later, depending on when you apply and enrol. Consult Student Finance England for a more definitive timeframe.

How to enrol as a continuing MPhil/PhD researcher  

  • MPhil/PhD researchers need to re-enrol in the autumn term, at the start of each academic year, and you must be enrolled in order to submit your thesis for examination. You should enrol by logging into My Birkbeck.
  • Invitations to re-enrol are usually sent July to August each year. 
  • If you have been awarded a PhD studentship, you will need to re-enrol before you can receive your stipend. 

Problems with enrolment

  • Contact us if you have any problems or questions about enrolment.

What happens after you have enrolled?

  • Once you have successfully enrolled, the school or department that organises your course will provide you with information on your programme of study near to the start date of your course. This will include: 
    • preliminary reading lists
    • details of any special arrangements about the first meeting of your course.

Changes to your enrolment details

  • If you have requested a change to your details and your enrolment was put on hold, we will need to check the changes requested before you can access your record again and complete enrolment. You will receive an email when your record has been released, and you may then login again to complete your enrolment.

Cancelling enrolment

  • If you do not intend to take up our offer of a place, then please cancel your enrolment via the Applicant Portal.
  • Login to the Portal using your application username and password and click on ‘Cancel my enrolment’.