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Top reasons to choose Birkbeck

Our innovative, research-led teaching by world-class academics on our Central London campus, combined with high-quality online learning materials accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, make studying at Birkbeck a unique and exceptional learning experience.

Birkbeck achieved outstanding results in the 2021 National Student Survey university rankings, submitted by undergraduate students.

FLEXIBLE LEARNING

  • We offer flexible learning that combines in-person and online teaching with the highest quality online learning resources, along with a range of assessment approaches - many exams can be taken online at home and completed in a set timeframe.
  • In general, our students only need to be on campus one or two evenings a week:
    • Our undergraduates learn at regular on-campus in-person classes which are supported by interactive online teaching and learning resources.
    • Our postgraduate students can choose how they want to study with the majority being able to choose between attending either on-campus in-person or interactive online classes.

EXPERT TEACHING

  • Our teaching is delivered by experts whose passion and enthusiasm are infectious.
  • Many universities do not have their top academics teaching undergraduates. But at Birkbeck, we do, and we believe the varied experiences of our students enrich our teaching by sharing knowledge and supporting you as equals.
  • Our approach to teaching has a unique focus on interactive learning and groupwork with peers, which led Birkbeck to be awarded a Silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching.

VALUED BY EMPLOYERS

STUDY IN THE HEART OF LONDON

  • You’ll study on a historic and thriving central London campus in Bloomsbury - the intellectual and educational heart of the capital.
  • You’ll have access to our on-campus student facilities including places to work and study, meet, eat and network with members of Birkbeck’s diverse, committed and ambitious learning community.
  • Everything London has to offer is on our doorstep: we are near King’s Cross, Chinatown, Soho and Covent Garden, as well as some of the world's best art galleries and museums, theatres, music venues, shops, bars and restaurants - we're one of the best universities for nightlife. 

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE

CAREERS AND SALARIES

  • Birkbeck Talent is our in-house professional recruitment service, aimed exclusively at helping Birkbeck students, during and after their studies, to gain relevant work experience that will give them a further advantage in an increasingly competitive job market.
  • Our sector-leading Careers Service provides career coaching and a range of opportunities to learn from experts.
  • Recent data analysis shows that Birkbeck graduates’ salaries are among the highest in the UK, six months after graduating.  Birkbeck placed third among all non-Russell Group universities, and first among multi-faculty institutions for the likelihood of its graduates earning over £30,000 a year.

PART OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

  • We’re a constituent College of the University of London, alongside 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).
  • Birkbeck’s prestigious degrees are awarded by the University of London.
  • All Birkbeck students have access to all University of London facilities, including study spaces. 

EXTENSIVE RESOURCES

  • Birkbeck’s Library and access to other University of London libraries providing a wide range of resources and study spaces including an extensive collection of e-books and online materials.
  • Studiosity, our online academic support service, provides feedback on the grammar, structure, referencing and readability of your work before you submit it.
  • A comprehensive virtual learning environment (Moodle) that is simple to use and designed with inclusivity and accessibility in mind.

OUTSTANDING STUDENT SERVICES

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

  • While there are no upfront fees for most undergraduate students, we understand that studying at university can be very costly for many. Our Financial Support services provide a range of financial support packages, and can help you with everything you need to fund your studies; from assistance with your application for student finance to supporting you when unforeseen changes happen.