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Evening study explained

Evening learning that fits into your life and builds your future

Birkbeck is different: classes are held in the evening between 6pm and 9pm, so you can work, volunteer or do your own thing during the day. Record numbers of students are doing just that and using their evenings to transform their lives. 

We are proud of being one of the world's top research universities and part of the prestigious University of London.

That's important, but what makes us really special is our unique evening teaching and the opportunities this provides for combining study with work and other commitments. This focused way of learning attracts a special type of student: someone dedicated to their studies and determined to improve themselves. That’s why studying at Birkbeck is both intense and enjoyable - and why it transforms people’s lives.

What’s more, you can study at a pace that suits you: in most subjects, you can choose to complete your course full-time or part-time. But whichever mode of study you choose, your classes will be in the evening, between 6pm and 9pm.

Supporting evening study

At other universities, students who combine study with work or other commitments are unusual. At Birkbeck, you are what we are about. We know you may be juggling many aspects of your life, and so need flexibility and understanding. We’ve been providing support for people like you for nearly 200 years.

All our facilities and support services are geared around evening study. Evenings are when we really come to life, as students arrive from across London and further afield to study with us. The library is open late, as are our cafés and food outlets.

Birkbeck offers a famously friendly and welcoming environment. It’s not just the staff who will support you; your fellow students will also understand the competing demands on your time, as they will be going through the same thing. 

School leavers and college students - improve your job prospects 

One-third of Birkbeck's full-time undergraduates are under 21. An increasing number of highly motivated school leavers and college students want to get ahead in a competitive job market by boosting their careers from the outset. By studying in the evening at Birkbeck, they can gain invaluable workplace experience while they study, rather than waiting until they graduate. 

Studying in the evening enables our younger students to experience the workplace, often for the first time, and we provide support and guidance to help those students thrive both during and after their studies.

Families and supporters

Studying at Birkbeck in the evenings is both enjoyable and intense. For students often balancing study, work and family commitments, the support and pride of families, friends and supporters is often vital to their success.

At Birkbeck, students gain prestigious University of London degrees. But what marks us out is our commitment to supporting every one of our students through their university journey, from offering on-going practical and emotional support from welfare and support services to our in-house recruitment agency, Birkbeck Talent, which connects students with London’s top employers.

With your support at home and the extra help we provide at college, our students can change their lives. 


Get Started is a series of free workshops for prospective students who are interested in starting an undergraduate course at Birkbeck. You may have a particular course in mind, or you may be considering your options - either way, you're very welcome! 

Get Started consists of three workshops: 

  • preparing to study and writing an application 
  • writing a personal statement 
  • student finance. 

All workshops provide the opportunity to ask questions and start your application. 

Find out more about Get Started and book your place