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We know how important study is to you. That's why, at Birkbeck, we offer two discounts.

10% discount for union members

  • For the academic year 2021/22, if you are a member of a union recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you can claim a 10% discount on eligible Birkbeck undergraduate courses only (this includes accredited short courses, Certificates in Higher Education - both modular and programme - foundation degrees, degrees with foundation year and full-time and part-time degrees (BA/BSc/LLB).
  • You can only apply for and claim your discount once enrolment is completed. 
  • Your claim is valid for one year only. If your course runs for longer than one year, you will need to submit a new claim each year with requisite proof of union membership. 
  • If you are a member of a trade union looking to claim the 10% discount for a course starting during the academic year 2020/21, please for further details.
  • The 2021/22 offer is for new students only. If you are a part way through your studies (certificates, undergraduate and postgraduate level), already in receipt of the discount and able to provide the requisite proof of your membership of a TUC-recognised union, Birkbeck will continue to provide this discount until the completion of your studies. 

How to claim

  • The process for claiming the discount for the academic year 2021/22 for applicants will be outlined on this page in Spring 2021. Please check back in due course for further details.


  • From 2021/22, only applicants on undergraduate courses at Birkbeck and those postgraduate students who have already commenced a course at Birkbeck previously will be eligible to apply for the discount for union members.
  • You must also have been a member of a recognised trade union for at least three months before the start of the academic year (for 2021 entrants, this is Monday 4 October 2021).
  • You must be paying your fees yourself - either self-funded or via a government loan from Student Finance England. You are not eligible if somebody else is paying your fees (e.g. your employer). If you are part-sponsored, the 10% discount will be applied to the proportion of the fees that you are paying.

20% fees discount for Birkbeck alumni

For the 2020/21 academic year, Birkbeck alumni who have gained a Bachelor or Master’s degree will receive a 20% tuition fee discount when enrolling onto a Master's degree (MA, MSc, LLM and MRes).

When you complete our online enrolment, you will be asked if you want to take advantage of the 20% alumni discount. No additional proof should be required, since we will already have a record of you having completed an award with us.

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.

Find out more about your financial support options for your studies.