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With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning.

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research students with a vibrant and intellectually challenging research environment. It’s home to 54 research institutes and centres, based in the following schools:

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

Spread across two London campuses - in Bloomsbury and Stratford – students benefit from a wide range of facilities including a five-story library, an award-winning cinema, and art gallery, excellent sports facilities, and a range of cafes,

Birkbeck was applauded in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, for the quality and impact of its research. 73% of Birkbeck’s research was classed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Their research was found to be highly relevant and impactful on our everyday lives – influencing policy-makers or trialing pioneering new medicines.

Birkbeck, University of London students on Postgraduate Search say:

“Good support and structure, and everyone has been super friendly.”

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About the Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London is among the first few institutions in the UK to offer affordable university education to students and admit women as students. Established in 1823, Birkbeck became a part of the University of London in 1920. With more than 20 academic departments - Birkbeck offers a variety of postgraduate and doctoral programmes.

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

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Source: HESA, 2019

7,140 Undergraduate
4,825 Postgraduate

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Source: HESA, 2019


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