Birkbeck, University of London

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Rank 350 Location Central London, England Established 1823 International Students 1,270
Famous Courses Masters courses, Bachelors courses, Engineering courses, Computers courses, Science courses, Humanities courses, Business courses, BSc, BBA, MBA, MBBS, MS, BE/Btech, MIM International Fees 13,350 GBP

Birkbeck University of London UK

Sir George Birkbeck founded the University in 1823 as the London Mechanics Institute, and it is located in Central London, England.

Birkbeck is pleased to be one of the world's top 350 research-intensive universities. The reputation of Birkbeck as a world-class research and teaching institution headquartered in central London attracts the majority of overseas students.

Birkbeck awards University of London qualifications, which are internationally recognised as a mark of quality and excellence. 74 Nobel Laureates, 52 presidents and prime ministers, and several international celebrities are among the University of London's graduates and faculty. Birkbeck has been a part of the University of London for 100 years and will commemorate 200 years of higher education in 2023.

The University has students from over 120 nations, so you'll be surrounded by dedicated, motivated students from various walks of life, vocations, and cultures, ranging in age from 18 to 80. All University of London facilities are available to Birkbeck students. This comprises a diverse collection of libraries and study areas. You can learn alongside London's working professionals while also pursuing an internship or part-time career options throughout the day thanks to our unique nighttime teaching. This will not only assist you in paying for your studies but will also allow you to explore work opportunities and improve your career prospects. According to recent government data, Birkbeck alumni earn among the best earnings in the UK a year after graduation. Talent, a professional recruitment agency that works with some of the UK's best firms to assist Birkbeck students to get appropriate work experience and advance in a competitive job market, is available to you.

Services for International Students

International students at the Birkbeck University of London can attend a variety of orientation activities, ranging from college-wide to department-specific. The standard International Orientation Week takes place during the first week of each year and includes lectures on study techniques as well as visits around London. There are also programmes for pre-entry preparation and post-induction and support.

Birkbeck’s flexible yet focused way of learning attracts a special type of students hard-working, dedicated and determined to improve themselves.


73 per cent of Birkbeck research was designated world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Half of Birkbeck’s submissions were placed in the top 20 nationally, with Psychological Sciences fifth in the UK, Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences 6th and Biological Sciences 11th. Birkbeck is ranked 332nd in the world in the QS World University Rankings for 2022.

By subject, the University is ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide in English and Philosophy, and in the top 200 in History, Psychology, and Arts and Humanities. Birkbeck is ranked in the top 350 of more than a thousand top universities in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Based on abroad personnel, students, and research collaborations, the University is placed in the top 10% of listed universities for worldwide view.


Overseas students have access to an assured scheme for room allotment in student accommodation. The majority of halls are in Bloomsbury, just moments away from the institution, and offer a wide range of alternatives, from catered to self-catered studios.

If you wish to live in private rented property in London, you will have free access to the University of London's expert Housing Service, which can assist you in finding the most appropriate form of housing.


Five Nobel Laureates, prominent political figures, members of the United Kingdom Parliament, and a British Prime Minister are among Birkbeck's alumni. The following are some notable alumni:

  • Ramsay MacDonald was the United Kingdom's first Labour Prime Minister.
  • Economist and co-founder of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Sidney Webb, 1st Baron Passfield.
  • Patrick Blackett is a physics professor who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1948.
  • T. S. Eliot was an English educator who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.
  • Eric Hobsbawm, historian and 1982 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Aaron Klug
  • Former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell.
  • Inventor of the Tradable Energy Quotas, David Fleming.
  • Bear Grylls is an explorer and a TV host.
  • Roger Penrose, physicist and Nobel Laureate in Physics for 2020.
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Under graduate

  • Finance with Accounting with Foundation Year (BSc): 4-year, full-time
  • Business with Foundation Year (BSc): 6-year, part-time
  • Japanese Studies (BA): 4 year, part-time
  • Psychosocial Studies with Foundation Year (BA): 4-year, full-time
  • French Studies (BA): 3-year, full-time
  • Data Science and Computing with Foundation Year (BSc): 4-year, full-time

Post graduate

  • Archaeological Practice (Economic and Social Research) (MSc)
  • Computer Science (MSc)
  • Social Research and Psychosocial Studies (MRes)
  • Climate Change (Postgraduate Certificate)
  • Corporate Governance and Business Ethics (Postgraduate Certificate)
  • Politics (MRes)

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You are ordinarily resident in one of the following countries: France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Brazil. You are self-funded and classified as an International’ tuition fee payer.


The following dates of the terms of 2021-22 have been reported by the official academic calendar uploaded on Birkbeck  University's website.

Autumn Term October 4  to December 17,2021.
Christmas Closing December 23 to January 4, 2022.
Spring Term January 10 to March 25, 2022.
Easter Closing April 13 to 20, 2022
Summer Term April 25 to July 8, 2022
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