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Birkbeck’s Lifelong Learning Guarantee

As we mark 200 years since Birkbeck was founded as the London Mechanics' Institute in 1823, we are furthering our commitment to supporting students and alumni with their learning ambitions.

For two centuries, Birkbeck has been creating pathways to education. The Lifelong Learning Guarantee is our commitment to you, our students and alumni, that Birkbeck will continue to be open to you wherever you are in your learning journey.

Whether you are looking to reskill, retrain or learn something new, the Birkbeck Lifelong Learning Guarantee offers all graduates a discount on all future courses from short courses to PhDs - regardless of when you last studied with us.

Learning is lifelong, and Birkbeck is committed to ensuring that our students and alumni always have access to the transformative power of education.

When you join Birkbeck you become a part of an incredible community with a shared passion for learning. Now, whenever you need it, a Birkbeck education will always be open to you.

Lifelong Learning Guarantee scheme details 2023/24

From October 2023, our new Lifelong Learning Guarantee scheme will provide practical support to help reduce the costs of education for those who are continuing their learning journey with Birkbeck.

  • All Birkbeck alumni who have successfully completed any award with us will receive a percentage discount on the tuition fee cost of further study with us, at all academic levels and including short courses and Continuing Professional Development.
  • The Lifelong Learning Guarantee discounts are not 'single-use' discounts.

Please note: The discounts on course fees that Birkbeck offers are mutually exclusive - if you are eligible for more than one discount, you may only claim one.

The Lifelong Learning Guarantee percentage discount will vary according to the course you wish to study. 

  • Certificate of Higher Education - 10%
  • Foundation degree - 10%
  • Undergraduate degree (including with Foundation Year) - 10%
  • Graduate Certificate - 10%
  • Graduate Diploma - 20%
  • Postgraduate Certificate - 10%
  • Postgraduate Diploma - 10%
  • Master's (MA, MRes, MSc, LLM) - 20%
  • PhD - 10%
  • Short course (including CPD) - 10%

As of December 2022, the Lifelong Learning Guarantee scheme using percentage discounts replaces previous descriptions of the scheme, prior to the launch, which referenced learning points.

Eligibility and how to apply 2023/24

  • The Lifelong Learning Guarantee scheme is open to all Birkbeck alumni (both home and international fee payers) enrolling on new courses from October 2023.
  • Alumni can apply and enrol in the standard way, with the discount being applied automatically at the payment stage of the enrolment process.
  • The Lifelong Learning Guarantee Scheme discount will be available to all new students enrolling from October 2023 once they have completed their award.