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Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success.

With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300 postgraduate courses exclusively in the evenings. This means that students can work or focus on other commitments during the day. Birkbeck’s wide range of courses can be studied full-time or part-time, and some are studied through distance learning.

Birkbeck is well known for the quality of its research output, and supports a community of around 700 postgraduate students with a dynamic and academically enriching research environment. It features 42 research centres and nine research institutes, organised within the following five academic faculties:

  • School of Arts
  • School of Business, Economics and Informatics
  • School of Law
  • School of Science
  • School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

Birkbeck’s students benefit from a wide range of facilities including a newly-refurbished five-story library, a cinema and art gallery, various sports facilities and a range of cafes.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), 73% of Birkbeck’s research was deemed to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Birkbeck, University of London students on Postgraduate Search say:

“Great! Very happy I chose Birbeck.”

“Very positive.”

“Perfect for balancing work and social life, allows for good independent study.”

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About the Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck supports a community of around 700 postgraduate students with a dynamic and academically enriching research environment.

Postgraduate student body breakdown
Source: HESA, 2019

Study mode
Source: HESA, 2019

This University

75% Part Time
25% Full Time

All universities (avg)

47% Part Time
53% Full Time

Student Nationality
Source: HESA, 2019


UK students


Non-UK students

Study level
Source: HESA, 2019

7,140 Undergraduate
4,825 Postgraduate

New students
Source: HESA, 2019


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