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Birkbeck, University of London

About us

A leading research university with a vibrant learning community

About us

Birkbeck was set up over 200 years ago to provide access to education to anyone who had the ability and drive to succeed, regardless of their circumstances or background. Today, we have one of the most diverse student bodies of any university in the country and we pride ourselves on the value that this brings to our learning community.

We're experienced at providing flexible learning, on campus and online too. This flexibility means you can fulfil your ambitions without putting your life on hold.

We're part of the University of London, one of the world's largest and most highly regarded universities. When you finish your studies with us, you gain a prestigious University of London qualification.

We are a world-class research and teaching institution, and our research is known for being cross-disciplinary, innovative and socially and politically engaged. 


  • Founded in 1823
  • More than 3,000 full-time undergraduate students
  • More than 4,000 postgraduate students
  • More than 1,000 international students from over 100 countries
  • 83% of our research assessed in REF is world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021)