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Birkbeck, University of London

Founded in 1823, Birkbeck, University of London is a world-class research and teaching institution located in the heart of central London. As a College of the University of London, Birkbeck awards internationally recognised qualifications and is a world-class research and teaching institution.

Top reasons to study here

  • Our evening teaching means that students can study alongside London’s working professionals and pursue internship
  • Located in the centre of London, in historic Bloomsbury, Birkbeck is at the heart of the University of London's city center campus.
  • As a member college, Birkbeck awards internationally recognized University of London qualifications.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (220)
Business & Management (120)
Humanities (100)
Arts, Design & Architecture (51)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (48)
Computer Science & IT (43)
Education & Training (42)
Law (27)
Medicine & Health (23)
Applied Sciences & Professions (21)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (18)
Journalism & Media (18)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (16)
Engineering & Technology (5)



On 11 November 1823, around 2000 people flocked to the Crown and Anchor Tavern on the Strand to witness Dr George Birkbeck and his supporters, including Jeremy Bentham, JC Hobhouse MP and H Brougham MP, discuss education for the working men of London.

This foundation meant that, for the first time, artisans and craftsmen could learn about science, art and economics.


There are 5 academic schools and we offer more than 80 undergraduate degree programmes and over 250 postgraduate programmes.

  • School of Business, Economics and Informatics

Accounting, Business Studies, Marketing, Computing, Information Technology, Web Technologies.

  • School of Arts

Arts and Humanities, English, Film and Media, History of Art, Curating, Journalism and Media, Culture.

  • School of Social Science, History and Philosophy

Archaeology, Classics, Psychosocial Studies, Social Sciences, Contemporary History and Politics.

  • School of Science

Psychology, Business Psychology, Biomedicine, Geology, Chemical and Molecular Biology, Planetary Science and Astronomy.

  • School of Law

Criminology and Criminal Justice, Law


Birkbeck’s research informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive impact on society.

All our academic staff members are based in Departments or Institutes within our Schools, providing them with a network of colleagues. Linking across these bases are interdisciplinary Centres and Institutes recognised by the College. These encourage research with thematic foci and/ or methodological approaches that cannot be contained within any single discipline or department, particularly by offering opportunities for researchers from different Departments to come together for debate and co-work.


Birkbeck Talent is an innovative recruitment service dedicated to matching your unique skillset with exciting internships and roles with London's top employers.

We are committed to helping you make the most of your Birkbeck experience, by helping you gain relevant work experience to launch your prestigious and fulfilling career.

Following a successful pilot year, we are now making the service available to all Birkbeck students. You can sign up with Birkbeck Talent and view all of our live roles on your My Birkbeck Profile. Contact us to find out more about how we can help you to find new, meaningful roles during and after your studies.

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Why Apply to this University?

  • Study at one of the world’s leading research universities.

  • Choose from over 300 Master’s programmes in disciplines like Social Sciences, Business & Management, Law and many others.

  • The classes are usually held in the evening, allowing you to fill the rest of the day with various other activities.

  • You will have the opportunity to undertake an internship via Birkbeck Talent, the professional recruitment service of the university.

  • Courses at the Birkbeck University usually start in October.

  • Most Master’s programmes take 1-2 years to complete.

  • Tuition fees start at around 9000EUR/yearfor EU/EEA applicants and 17000EUR/yearfor international students.

  • You should prepare around1800EUR/monthto live in London.

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Student services

Students can take advantage of a wide variety of support services, including application advice, personal tours, orientation events, visa advising, learning support and skills training, English language support, library, Computing and IT, Students’ Union, accommodation, Careers, Counselling, Finance, Health, Volunteering and Wellbeing services.

Housing services

There are several options for you to choose from when it comes to where you would like to live while you are studying at Birkbeck. While the majority of our students decide to live in private accommodation, we also have places available in University of London intercollegiate halls and an agreement with UNITE, a specialist provider of student accommodation, which entitles full-time Birkbeck students to apply for places within their halls of residence.

International students are guaranteed space in University of London Halls of Residence if they apply before June. Other accommodation options include private student housing and flat-shares.

Library services

The Library is housed across 5 floors of our main Birkbeck building overlooking Torrington Square. The library website provides a gateway to almost 25,000 electronic journals, e-books and databases.

Birkbeck eLibrary provides access to:

  • ejournals
  • ebooks
  • databases
  • BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online
  • past exam papers
  • Image Collections
  • referencing software.

ICT services

We have a full range of computing facilities to support you in your academic work, including:

  • high-speed connectivity to the internet
  • purpose-built computer classrooms (at least 1 is open 24 hours a day)
  • a wide range of general software applications as well as specialist academic packages
  • Wi-Fi network to connect your laptop, tablet or smartphone to the Birkbeck network.

Medical services

Birkbeck subscribes to the Gower Street Practice, and all students may use the health centre there. Students living in central London can register with the doctors for full NHS General Practitioner services, but other students can also benefit from some of their services.

The Gower Street Practice offers psychotherapy and cognitive behavior therapy, and is experienced in helping students.

Student Life

Campus life

Our main campus in Bloomsbury, WC1, is a lively student-centred area that’s home to a number of other universities and colleges of the University of London, including University College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Across the city in east London, we offer courses at University Square in Stratford, ideal if you live and work in that part of London.Both campuses offer all the facilities you need and are well-served by public transport, making it easy to get to and from college

Sports facilities

The University of London has high-quality facilities for most sports and currently has over 4000 students regularly competing in intercollegiate sports leagues across London.

Right next door to Birkbeck at Student Central, you can use the Energybase’s 60-station gymnasium and 33-metre swimming pool or join some of the 50 fitness classes held every week.

If you are more of a spectator, in London you can visit some of the most iconic sporting arenas in the world such as Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon tennis club, Lord’s Cricket Ground or Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, among the famous footballing homes in London.

Student clubs

Birkbeck Students’ Union promotes welfare issues, represents students’ interests on College committees and provides social activities via events and societies. All students are automatically members, although you can opt out if you wish.

Facilities and services include student representation and advocacy, a student bar with regular entertainments, clubs and societies, a shop selling light snacks and drinks, stationery and Birkbeck-branded items.

In addition, the University of London (ULU) is right next door to Birkbeck’s main building and students can access ULU’s excellent sports and social facilities, including a large indoor swimming pool.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

My teachers and the faculty are very knowledgable and a great resource of information. However, the lecture recordings and the online systems are horrendous, which makes studying much harder. As this is an evening uni, social life is pretty much non-existent, and classes are large, so you're a number, not a name.

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Emmanuella rated 2 out of 5 stars

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Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I liked the critical theory element of the law course but there is too much focus on this for an LLM

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