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Birkbeck is a global elite university, a centre of world-class research and part of the prestigious University of London. We are London’s only specialist provider of evening postgraduate education.
Birkbeck offers nearly 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes across arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science. As an evening teaching specialist, we offer taught postgrad courses between 6-9pm, with some courses available through distance learning. As with undergraduate courses, postgrads can study full-time or part-time.
Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed us 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent. Home to 44 research and specialist institutes, Birkbeck is the sixth largest provider of taught postgrad courses for UK and EU students - some 30% of its 12,000-plus students are on postgrad programmes. Around 90% of its academics are active in research, and many are renowned in their fields.
Our unique academic environment gives you the opportunity to make valuable professional contact with working professionals based in a global capital city. This is an exceptional opportunity to progress your career and transform your life - and is a unique advantage of studying at Birkbeck.
Many of our postgraduate students are working around their full-time jobs and are studying to improve their careers. Our students tell us they would not have the careers they have if they hadn't come to Birkbeck. As diverse and cosmopolitan as London itself, Birkbeck students are hardworking, driven and committed to achieving - and excited about being in a Birkbeck classroom. They bring their expertise and experience with them, and you'll be able to hear from professionals with experience in your subject and learn to apply this real-life knowledge to your own studies.
As a postgraduate student, you’ll be able to use our Careers and Employability Service to obtain one-to-one appointments, workshops and events while you’re studying. You can also use it once you’ve graduated from your course. Alongside this, Birkbeck also offers Birkbeck Talent, an in-house recruitment agency, which works with more than 150 of the UK’s best companies and employers to help students find work while studying and after graduating. Bespoke support is offered to students interested in enterprise and entrepreneurship, while there is also an extensive mentoring programme with corporate partners from business, law and beyond.
We are committed to providing advice and support to help you finance your postgraduate studies. The government has introduced new loans for postgraduate students and alongside, we also offer flexible payment options and a hardship fund to support students who experience a change of circumstances while studying.
Birkbeck was created 200 years ago to provide university education for working Londoners. We still believe in the power of knowledge to transform lives, so we go out of our way to make education accessible to as wide a community as possible. If you have the commitment and ability to study, we’ll find a way to make it happen for you.
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The Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication which is housed within the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy was established in 1965 by Professor Michel Blanc, making us the first department in England to focus on the study of applied linguistics. We remain the only Department of Applied Linguistics in the University of London.
We are an institutional member of the the British Association of Applied Linguistics and an affiliated member of the International Association of Applied Linguistics.
We offer an exciting, innovative range of Masters courses, all of which can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis:
■ Applied linguistics
■ Intercultural communication
■ Language teaching
Our staff have expertise in a variety of fields, and our research explores the diverse phenomena of multilingualism.
Working closely with the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB), the Department of Biological Sciences is renowned for the quality of its research.
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- We have a great choice of courses, including the opportunity to pursue MPhil/PhD research
- Flexible learning opportunities
- Expert help and support, including high-quality labs and research facilities, and access to world-class libraries
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Formed in August 2009 (through a merger of the former Schools of Biological and Chemical Sciences and Crystallography) the Department of Biological Sciences continues to build on the many strengths of these schools so as to allow sustained future growth in all areas. The Head of Department is Professor Gabriel Waksman, FMedSci, FRS
Our research programmes are part of the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, a joint institute between Birkbeck and UCL that seeks to integrate techniques from the chemical and physical sciences to provide insight into the molecular basis of biological processes. In 2008, the Research Assessment Exercise rated 85% of our research as having international impact, with 15% receiving the highest possible rating of world-leading.
The ISMB provides a vibrant environment for interdisciplinary research and in 2010 academic staff in the department of biological sciences were in receipt of £15.5 million research grant funding.
Many of our achievements have led to greater understanding of the biological processes that lead to human disease and have potential applications in drug design. Find out more about our research programmes and our recent discoveries.
The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck is one of the long-established computing departments in the UK, having celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2007. We provide a stimulating teaching and research environment for both part-time and full-time students.
The Department brings together research and teaching expertise related to our major research activities in Information Management and Web Technologies, Computational Intelligence and Information Systems.
Our world-class research activity informs our teaching and our interactions with business, public and third-sector organisations. We offer undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees and skills-based courses.
The department of European Cultures and Languages brings together a community of scholars with shared interests in interdisciplinary topics and transnational phenomena, covering French- and German-speaking cultures from the Renaissance to the 21st century.
Particular research themes pursued by staff in this department include:
• Research in aesthetics and media
• Research in histories and philosophies
• Research in community and identities
• Find out more about our staff research interests.
If you are interested in doing a PhD with us in any of these areas, email [email protected] .
Our interdisciplinary research centre, the Birkbeck Research in Representations of Kinship and Community (BRRKC), attracts colleagues from across the School of Arts, from other Birkbeck Schools and from the wider academic community.
Just as BRRKC attracts colleagues from across the School and from other schools, so we participate in a variety of interdisciplinary research and teaching ventures, which include:
• film studies
• postcolonial studies
• museum studies
• Renaissance studies
• 18th- and 19th-century studies
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has been teaching part-time geology-related degrees by evening study in central London for over 70 years. We specialise in teaching students of all ages, whether straight from school or older students who are working, through to people who have retired. We have recently moved to new offices within Birkbeck main building on Malet St., but retain our research links with the Department of Earth Sciences at UCL. We share some teaching space with our UCL counterparts, who use the classrooms during the day. We also have dedicated teaching space within the Birkbeck main building.
- We offer courses at all levels, from certificates and undergraduate study right up to MPhil/PhD study.
- All of our courses are offered via part-time evening study, and many of our students work during the day and join us for our evening classes.
- In addition, we offer numerous weekend- and day-trips to locations across the UK.
The Department brings together research and teaching in economics, finance, mathematics and statistics in a single Department which creates significant inter-disciplinary synergies.
Our teaching is informed by the latest research and by the needs of employers. We offer a wide selection of graduate, undergraduate and 'conversion' courses in economics, finance, mathematics and statistics. In addition we also provide customised in-house training to various government departments and city firms.
In accordance with the institution of which it is a part, we are a research-intensive department with a widening-access mission, which specialises in part-time educational provision for mature-age students; this continues to define our identity and unique agenda.
Birkbeck's national and international reputation for the highest quality research and teaching remains strong and has grown further with our expanded provision into new areas, in particular the areas of theatre studies and creative writing. Informing our guiding commitment to research-led teaching is a commitment to interdisciplinarity, to a broad, historicised and theorised understanding of literary studies.
Since our formation, our department has specialised in offering courses at all levels, including high-quality part-time undergraduate courses that attract a range of students, from those who are coming back to education after a long break, to those who are just starting out.
Over the last 20 years, however, we have also built up one of the UK's largest and most successful concentrations of postgraduate study in literature and related areas, including MA degrees and a substantial PhD programme. Postgraduate students in English at Birkbeck are roughly equivalent to undergraduate numbers, and many study full-time for their postgraduate degrees.
We have a strong research focus that is reflected in the fact that all our academic staff have been included in all RAE submissions.
Much of our research is funded by the UK research councils, EU and other public and third sector organisations.
Each research centre in our department draws on a broad range of staff expertise to support a programme of research projects, seminar series, workshops and public events.
Our innovative Geography, Environment and Development Studies courses will help you gain up-to-date specialised skills to give you a competitive edge in the workplace.
Over the years, we have built up our research strengths, and we now offer a number of courses across a range of disciplines.
At postgraduate level, our courses are organised into areas of research strength that share a common set of core modules, specialist courses dedicated to each particular degree, and a choice of options.
We also run a number of courses in conjunction with other departments.
Established almost half a century ago, the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck is well respected with an excellent reputation, both national and international, for the quality of our research.
You can now choose from courses at all levels, from certificates of higher education to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, right up to MPhil/PhD study.
All of our courses are offered by part-time evening study; however, at postgraduate level, we offer an increasingly wide choice of full-time courses to choose from, with the result that the number of international students who choose to study with us is increasing year on year.
As one of our students, you'll get access to world-class research resources as well as specialist resources, to help you get the best out of your study with us. You can also expect a great range of help and support while you are studying with us.
As a student here, you'll be invited to a dynamic range of events, giving you access not only to some of the best minds this discipline offers, but also insight into the most recent and up-to-date work in our field.
Not only are we close to museums and galleries, which you will visit as part of your studies with us, but every year, we organise a field trip for all of our students and staff, which is a great opportunity to find out more about well-known art centres.
Our staff are engaged in a fascinating range of research projects, and regularly receive funding from such auspicious research bodies as the AHRC and the Leverhulme Trust.
Both our staff and students have received formal recognition of their achievements through the award of research grants, and awards and prizes.
The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology has a long and distinguished tradition as an international centre of excellence, known for its strengths across a broad range of historical periods and cultures.
The Department is renowned as a centre of original and influential research, with 90% of our research activities being judged to be of quality that is internationally recognised in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
We offer stimulating teaching programmes across a range of subject areas, catering for all levels of study.
Our full-time academic staff are recognised internationally as authorities in their field. They collaborate with other colleges of the University of London in running research seminars at the Institute of Historical Research and Institute of Classical Studies, in addition to hosting events, conferences, public lectures and workshops.
A number of our programmes involve collaboration with partner institutions, such as the British Library and the Institute of Historical Research, whose distinctive resources and collections significantly complement our teaching. We also work closely with affiliated research centres.
We are located within very easy reach of the College Library, the University of London Library, and the Institute of Historical Research, and a few minutes' walk from the new British Library and other academic institutions.
Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management.
If you are looking to enhance your career, to investigate the options for a career change, wish to return to employment, or are simply interested in exploring the intellectual depths of your chosen domain, the Department offers a great environment in which to work.
- We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to gain a respected University of London qualification
- We have particular research strengths in management, marketing, international business, accounting and financial
management, business innovation, corporate governance and business ethics, human resource management, and
- We combine the academic strengths and international reputation of a major graduate school in one of Britain's top
universities with the practical benefits of evening teaching
- All of our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge
articles in the world's leading journals.
Part of the Birkbeck School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Organizational Psychology is a highly successful and fast-growing section of Birkbeck, University of London:
- We have an active programme of research, with particular expertise in organizational psychology and human resource management.
- All of our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers and publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals. (View interviews with our academic staff.)
- You can choose from courses taught by evening teaching at all levels, as well as postgraduate courses taught by distance or network learning.
- We offer University of London qualifications that range from certificates and short courses to postgraduate degrees. Alternatively, you can apply to do an MPhil/PhD with our world-class academic staff.
We are one of the leading Philosophy departments in the UK. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 100% of our research was deemed to be of international significance.
We offer full-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, but also flexible part-time programmes for students at all levels who wish to combine study with other commitments. Both sets of programmes are at the highest level.
Our Bloomsbury location puts us at the heart of a larger philosophical community in London encompassing the Institute of Philosophy (School of Advanced Study) and the philosophy departments of UCL and KCL. Birkbeck thus offers a setting for dynamic philosophical study and research.
Part of the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, the Department of Politics is a centre of interdisciplinary research with an outstanding reputation for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
The Department was founded in 1972 by Bernard Crick, author of In Defence of Politics, and George Orwell: A Life. The leading British sociology and political theorist, Paul Hirst, is also a key figure in our history. Read more about our history.
The Department is situated in an elegant Regency house at 10 Gower Street in Bloomsbury (WC1). The building was once the home of Lady Ottoline Morrell, friend and patron of famous Bloomsbury writers and artists. Read more about our location.
The Department has a reputation for teaching excellence of which it is justly proud: in 2001 our programmes were given the top rating for our teaching provision by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), this rating was confirmed again in 2005 by a panel of internal and external reviewers.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 45% of our research output was deemed to be of international significance. Our performance placed us in the top 20 Politics departments in the UK, alongside Durham, Manchester and Cambridge. Read more about our research.
Our teaching recognises no intellectual boundary between politics, political history, political theory and sociology, and our degrees transcend any artificial divisions. This particular combination of expertise and course has no equivalent in any other Department in the UK.
The Department of Psychological Sciences is a centre of vibrant research and teaching whose roots can be traced to the beginnings of the scientific study of the subject in the UK over a century ago.
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), the Department was ranked 5th in the UK for the excellence of its research. In 2006, research groups in the Department won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education.
We offer stimulating courses at all levels of study, as well as providing expert supervision for the MPhil/PhD. In the last Quality Assurance round, our teaching was rated 23 out of 24.
The department was established in the difficult period of the Second World War, but Psychology at Birkbeck has its roots in the beginnings of the scientific study of the subject in the UK over a century ago. Read more about our history.
We are located within very easy reach of our research institutes, laboratories and the University of London Library, and a few minutes' walk from the British Library and other University of London Colleges.
Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck was formed in 2000 to investigate a wide range of issues of contemporary personal, social and political concern. We have continued to work at the interface of theory and practice.
Our staff members are currently involved in researching a wide range of psychosocial phenomena, and contributing to debates in a number of disciplinary domains. For example:
- violence, state violence and conflict
- intimacy, kinship, care and personal life
- human rights, social responsibility and helping behaviour
- public cultures, social movements, citizenship and social identities
- postcolonial urban cultures and histories of ‘race’ and racism
- gender, sexuality and feminist histories and theories
- theories of emotional development, psychic change and ageing
Methodologically, the commitment is to the major importance of theoretical work, and empirical work in the qualitative traditions that have emerged in the wake of poststructuralism, including the development of new and innovative psychosocial methods.
The School of Law is a leading international centre for world-class legal research and scholarship. Our academic staff are recognised internationally as authorities in their field and deliver stimulating teaching programmes at all levels of study. In 2012, we will be celebrating our twentieth anniversary and look forward to continued growth.
A global top-150 research institution, Birkbeck prides itself on giving students the very best education in an institution where the teaching is informed by our outstanding research excellence. Not only will you be taught by academics who are leading experts in their fields, you’ll also have the opportunity to study alongside students who bring professional work experience in the subject being studied. The College has the highest proportion of research active staff of any college or University in the Greater London area. Founded in 1823 Birkbeck is a unique college of the University of London. The majority of our students study part-time and many combine study with a career or family commitments.
The College is located in Bloomsbury in the centre of London and surrounded by many other University of London Colleges. Students have access to the College library, the University of London's Senate House library and the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, all of which are a short walk from the Law School. The College's central London location is well served by most of the main Underground, main line and bus routes. The Birkbeck and University of London Student Unions are also situated nearby in Malet Street.
Our School has a vibrant research culture with regular visiting scholars. We have twice hosted the Critical Legal Conference, host an annual Law on Trial event, and support an annual three-week writer-in-residence programme, offering masterclasses in critical theory to our research students. Our reputation in the field of critical legal theory and philosophy, and socio-legal approaches to law, attracts graduate students from a wide range of jurisdictions.
Our postgraduate portfolio of degrees comprises eleven at Master's level, including our flagship programmes in Human Rights and International Economic Law, Justice and Development, both of which will also be offered in intensive form from 2012/13, together with our new progamme Law, Democracy and Human Welfare. We are distinguished from other law Schools by our triple-track qualifying law degree programme, enabling our students to study the academic stage of the legal profession over two, three or four years.
Uniquely among law providers, we offer a full-time law degree by evening study alone, which increasingly attracts international students. For access students from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds we offer Certificate-level programmes in Legal Methods and Criminology providing exciting skills-based and specialist modules.