Birkbeck University of London

Flexible evening learning that helps build successful futures

Birkbeck is proud of being in the top 1% of research-intensive universities in the world and part of the prestigious University of London. But we also offer something special.

Our evening teaching means students can enjoy a greater degree of flexibility during the day, enabling them to pursue learning or part-time work opportunities alongside their studies and to develop their professional and academic networks. This intense way of learning attracts determined students, serious about their future, and leading academics who are active in the world.

More than 18,000 students study with us every year, building their futures while studying at the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities.

  • Birkbeck ranks in the top 1% of research-intensive universities in the world(Times Higher EducationWorld University Rankings 2013)
  • Birkbeck ranked number 1 for student satisfaction in London in the 2014 National Student Survey
  • Birkbeck’s average graduate salary is higher than any other university in the UK (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013)

Influential thinkers and researchers

Our academics, like our students, are special people. Over 90% are active researchers and many are renowned experts who have written the texts that students study. Evening teaching works for them too, giving them time to research during the day.

They are also influential thinkers, active in the world. Attracted by our progressive mission –we’ve been providing education for working Londoners for 200 years – they are passionate about what we do and believe in the transformative power of education. Deeply involved in the cultural and intellectual life of London, they bring the latest ideas into their research and teaching.

It’s this bringing together of involved, research-active academics and ambitious students with real-life experience that makes learning at Birkbeck such an intense, intellectually challenging and enjoyable experience.

At Birkbeck, the world comes into the classroom

Students from over 120 countries study with us, and the reasons people choose to study in the evening are as individual and varied as the people they sit next to in class: working professionals keen to improve their chance of promotion or to change direction in their careers; successful graduates impatient to start work while gaining qualifications to stand out in the jobs market; or the intellectually curious who just want to follow a passion for their subject.

What these students share is a dedication to their studies and a determination to achieve.  They not only learn the latest theory from leading academics, but discuss how that theory relates to the workplace and to the wider world.

Building professional and social networks

Our graduates often say that Birkbeck changed their life, so they are passionate about us, and enjoy sharing their professional expertise with current students.

Most are based in London, building successful careers in major corporations and firms, as well as some of the world’s best-known cultural organisations, NGOs and government bodies. They include professionals and executives from all sectors, civil servants and MPs, as well as entrepreneurs and CEOs.  Current students can meet them through mentoring schemes, career seminars and other professional development events.

When they graduate, our students take away more than a University of London qualification. The intensity of Birkbeck learning creates a common bond which endures beyond their studies, providing a wide social and professional network to help them in the future.

Student life at the heart of academic London

Birkbeck is located at the heart of the University of London’s city-centre campus with world-class libraries and research resources on our doorstep.

The University of London’s Senate House Library is next door to Birkbeck’s main building, and we are a few minutes’ walk from the British Museum and the British Library.

Our students are here primarily to study and build their futures. But that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy student life and the culture of one of the world’s fastest moving cities. Bloomsbury is a lively, student-centred place: we’re surrounded by other colleges, including University College London (UCL) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Our students can use all the sports, swimming, music and other social facilities of the University of London student centre – which is right next door to Birkbeck. And, it’s a short walk to the bars, cafés and clubs of Soho, Chinatown, and Covent Garden. With excellent public transport, it’s easy to get home when they’ve been studying or socialising late.

Our courses

We offer well over 80 undergraduate degrees and more than 200 postgraduate and research programmes, in the arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social sciences – and interdisciplinary combinations. Nearly all of our programmes are taught in the evening, and students attend classes between 6pm and 9pm.

We welcome applications from international students for our full-time evening study undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals, and others with full permission to work in the UK or otherwise residing in the UK under special categories approved by the UK government, may also apply for our part-time, evening taught programmes. To apply to study with us, visit

  • Our School of Arts is ranked 49th in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014
  • Our Department of Psychological Sciences is ranked in the top 150 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2014)
  • Our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology and our Department of Philosophy are ranked in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2014)

Come and meet us

Open evenings are the perfect opportunity to find out more about evening study at Birkbeck. To check dates and book your place, visit

You can meet members of our international team at education fairs in more than 15 countries around the world. For details of upcoming overseas events and when our team is near you, visit

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