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Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London is a world-class research and teaching institution ranked in the top 250 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World Ranking 2016/17 and we are also consistently recognised as number one for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.


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Evening study that helps build your professional and social networks.

Birkbeck is unique: our classes are held in the evenings, which gives you an excellent opportunity to combine high quality evening study with career enhancing daytime work experience.

Established in 1823, Birkbeck has a long history of offering the highest quality university education in the evening. Birkbeck is a multi-faculty institution offering over 200 full-time undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Students from over 120 different countries choose to study at Birkbeck; attracted by globally recognised qualifications from the University of London, which helps our international students enjoy successful careers worldwide.

Evening study explained

Birkbeck is London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education. With classes held between 6pm and 9pm, your days are free for you to study, work, volunteer, or just do your own thing.

Our academics are very experienced at supporting students who juggle busy lives and our facilities and support services stay open late.

So, if you want a different university experience, with a schedule that suits you, Birkbeck is the perfect choice.

To support you with finding relevant work experience we have launched Birkbeck Talent, a professional recruitment service linking employers with Birkbeck students and graduates.


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Studying with us places you in the heart of academic London, surrounded by world-famous museums and galleries and in the heart of corporate and governmental London.

Birkbeck is located in Bloomsbury, the traditional academic centre of London. World-class research resources, such as the British Library and the British Museum, are within a short walk from Birkbeck. London’s many attractions, including the West End, European’s longest shopping street and the lively bars and restaurants of Soho, are all within walking distance of Birkbeck.

Birkbeck is also located close to many major London Underground Stations, bus links and rail and airport transport hubs.

Academic specialism

Birkbeck is ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide in three subject categories – English Literature, History and Philosophy – according to the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject, in the top 150 universities worldwide for both Law and Psychology, and in the top 200 for Linguistics and Geography.

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

73% of our research was rated as ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014) and our students benefit from teaching that is directly informed by our outstanding research.

Birkbeck does not appear in the Times or Guardian league tables due to offering mainly part-time degrees at undergraduate level.


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Birkbeck Talent

Indian Student testimonial: Saloni Krishnan, MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience

Saloni Krishnan has been interested in psychology and its beneficial impact upon human life since she was a youngster growing up in Chennai, India.

The 27-year-old’s decision to come to London to embark on the Master’s programme in Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience, was sparked by her lifelong interest in improving treatment for young people with developmental disorders.

I wanted to do a Master’s, and I really liked the Birkbeck programme, because of its strengths in developmental psychology and neuroscience. One of the strengths of Birkbeck is it offers the opportunity to explore fairly diverse fields. I ended up with a PhD that allowed me to develop a wide set of skills to then use as leverage for the next step of my career.

I think coming to London and doing the Master’s and PhD was one of the best decisions I’ve made.

The reputation of the Birkbeck’s Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development (CBCD) — where I carried out my PhD — outside of the country has been an eye-opener. Birkbeck is really well recognised in psychology circles and I didn’t realise that in India.

I probably realised during the first year of my PhD when going to conferences and speaking to other people I worked with. One of my supervisors, Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith, is an eminent developmental psychologist, and when I would go to conferences and workshops, people would recognise her name and influence on my training.

One of the things I really like is that the professors at Birkbeck were not content with what they already understood, or the boundaries of current knowledge. They always wanted to push the boundaries and ask “How do we explain the way this might work? What’s next“.