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Think ahead: Prepare for your studies at Birkbeck

Before beginning your studies with us at Birkbeck, there are plenty of free, accessible resources to prepare you for study and get excited about your learning journey ahead.

When you become a student with us, you will have access to a wide range of materials, tutorials and learning platforms which are designed to support you during every step of your studies at the College, ranging from essay writing to statistical analysis – you will have it all.


Our range of online study skills tutorials can help you to fulfil your potential while studying at Birkbeck.

We provide a dedicated Library guide for study skills resources, including free access to study support articles and resources.

Sign up for Get Ahead, Stay Ahead (GASA), our popular pre-sessional study skills programme, this year running online. It consists of eight study and writing skills sessions, and will run throughout September. You can book the sessions via My Birkbeck or via the Birkbeck Events web page.


Birkbeck’s Library website is a great place to get familiar with us and see what is available before and after becoming a student.

Our Library provides help to students through subject-specific guides and subject-specific Librarians who are specialists in the academic areas you will be studying at Birkbeck. You will get to know them well.

Birkbeck’s Free Access to Online Resources site is a selection of free online learning resources from academic publishers, websites and journals. 

Our Library and Information Skills module will help to develop your library and information skills, as well as optimise your study time. You don't have to log in and can join in whenever you want.


Birkbeck provides extensive support for students with disabilities and other learning needs.

Our Disability Service provides advice and solutions to your needs while also helping to source relevant financial support. Our Library has learning resources, accessible spaces and dedicated staff.

student finance 

At Birkbeck, we recognise that funding and the cost of study plays a big part in your decision making. We are committed to providing advice and support to help you find the right ways to finance your studies.

You can contact our friendly Student Advice Team for in-depth guidance and more information on financial support.


If you still need help with your application, our online personal statement tool is there to offer guidance. Alongside this, you can speak to our current students about their journey at Birkbeck and find out more about what it's like to study with us.

We know it’s not possible to come and see us right now, so why not go on our virtual tour?