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Top reasons to choose Birkbeck

Birkbeck helps anyone who has the ability and drive to succeed to access an excellent university education, regardless of their circumstances, and we've been doing so for over 200 years. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our student body and the value this brings to our learning community.

We're experienced at providing flexible learning and we offer a range of options - full-time, part-time, evening and daytime study, on-campus and online - to help you decide when and how you study.

study that fits around you

The majority of our courses run in the evenings with classes between 6pm and 9pm. This allows our students to fulfil their other commitments during the day and study with us in the evening.

From autumn 2024, we also have a selection of courses available to study in the daytime. Explore which of our courses offer daytime timetables.

In addition, we have options to study on campus, online or flexibly with some study online and some on campus, so you can select a course and study option that fits around you.

Boost your Career prospects

Our extensive Careers and Enterprise Service provides career coaching, skills training and support for freelancing and entrepreneurial projects, plus frequent opportunities to learn from industry experts. Our professional recruitment service helps Birkbeck students, during and after their studies, to gain relevant work experience. Many of our students also work, volunteer or intern while they study, making them better placed to succeed in a competitive job market.

Birkbeck is third among all non-Russell Group universities (a group of 24 leading universities in the UK) for the likelihood of its graduates earning over £30,000 a year, according to data analysis from 2022 .

Our central London campus

A prestigious University of London degree

We're part of the University of London, a federation of world-leading  London universities, including University College London (UCL), King's College London (KCL), the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). 

Many of the libraries within the University of London allow Birkbeck students access for reference purposes and borrowing for research students - find out what's offered by other University of London libraries.

A vibrant learning environment

Birkbeck is one of the world's leading research universities with a vibrant, intellectually challenging research culture. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) 83% of all our research was rated 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*), while ten of our subject areas (units of assessment) were rated in the top 25 of UK universities.

In many universities, their top academics don't teach undergraduates, but at Birkbeck our teaching is delivered by experts. Their insights will help you to develop critical thinking and technical expertise vital for the future workplace.

Outstanding student services

Whether you're joining Birkbeck from school or college, or returning to study after a break, we understand that the transition to becoming a student can be challenging. You'll have a full range of in-person and online support to help you throughout your studies, including study skills and learning support, student advice, financial support services, mental health and counselling support, wellbeing support, careers advice and a highly-regarded service dedicated to supporting disabled students

Birkbeck's Library, and access to other University of London libraries, provides you with a huge range of resources, including an extensive collection of e-books and online materials.