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We know how important study is to you. That's why, at Birkbeck, we offer two discounts.

10% discount for union members

  • If you are a member of a union recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you can claim a 10% discount on all accredited Birkbeck courses (certificates, undergraduate and postgraduate courses).
  • Each claim is valid for one year only. If your course runs for longer than one year, you will need to submit a new claim each year.

How to claim

  • Once you have completed online enrolment for your programme of study, you will then have 28 days to apply for the discount and provide proof of eligibility in order for the discount to be applied.
  • Step 1: To claim the discount for the 2020-21 academic year, students must complete our online form. We will no longer accept PDF forms.
  • Step 2: After you have submitted the online form, please contact your union and ask a member of staff or representative to at Birkbeck on your behalf to confirm your membership status. We can then apply the discount.
  • Both steps must be completed within 28 days of you enrolling on your course to receive the discount.
  • The discount must be claimed at the point of enrolment. Claims cannot be made retrospectively.
  • Guidance notes for students
  • Guidance notes for union reps/officials/staff members.


  • You must have been a member of a recognised trade union for at least three months before the start of the academic year (for 2020 entrants, this is Monday 5 October 2020).
  • You must be paying your fees yourself - either self-funded or via a government loan from Student Finance England. You are not eligible if somebody else is paying your fees (e.g. your employer). If you are part-sponsored, the 10% discount will be applied to the proportion of the fees that you are paying.

20% fees discount for Birkbeck alumni

For the 2020-21 academic year, Birkbeck alumni who have gained an award at any level will receive a 20% tuition fee discount when enrolling onto a Master's degree (MA, MSc, LLM and MRes).

When you complete our online enrolment, you will be asked if you want to take advantage of the 20% alumni discount. No additional proof should be required, since we will already have a record of you having completed an award 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.

Find out more about your financial support options for your studies.