The Birkbeck is a part of the prestigious University of London and is a world-class research and teaching institution. The university was founded in 1823. It is known for being London’s only specialist provider of evening learning systems for all levels of study and students from all age groups.
Birkbeck, University of London offers programs in Arts, History, Mathematics, Economics, Geography, and various other academic areas. The college has a diverse student community from over 120 nations across the world. The Birkbeck has a tradition of teaching and excellence of nearly 200 years.
The Birkbeck, University of London has remarkable world rankings from recognized authorities.
Ranked 328th in the world, according to QS World Rankings 2020.
Ranked 369th in Global research reputation according to US News Rankings.
Ranked 351–400th world ranking according to Times Higher Education 2020.
Ranked 901-1000th ranking in ARWU 2019.
The major highlights and profiles of the Birkbeck, University of London are given as follows.
|Type of University||Public|
|Number of Students per Staff||15.8|
|Percentage of International Students||38|
|Level of Study||Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research|
|Test Scores Accepted||TOEFL iBT, IELTS (Academic), PTE Academic, Cambridge C1 Advanced, Cambridge C2 Proficiency, Trinity College London - Integrated Skills in English|
The Birkbeck University of London has two campuses in London. The main campus is located at Bloomsbury, central London. The university has a branch campus at Stratford, east London. Both campuses are easily accessible by public transport. The university offers a live student community with inter-collegiate collaborations via the Student Central. The Student Central offers excellent and affordable amenities to all students including sports facilities, societies, music venues, bars and cafes.
Birkbeck University has excellent infrastructure for teaching spaces and laboratories. The university library stocks a vast collection of resources spread across five floors of the main Birkbeck building in Bloomsbury. Moodle is an innovative online learning environment offered at the university. It can be used for accessing course materials and learning resources and chats with the lecturer and students about study topics.
The university offers 7 different types of housing facilities to students. With most of the students preferring private housing, the University of London Housing Service offers professional guidance and support in finding private rented accommodation in London. Students can also make use of the rent map created by Greater London Authority to find rental spaces and compare pricing.
The university offers study in a wide range of subject areas related to the following five schools.
At Birkbeck, degrees are awarded at all levels of university study and international students can undertake the following degrees or courses.
The university imparts education through its 5 schools and 19 academic departments.
Prospective students may follow the below guidelines for seeking admissions at Birkbeck University.
The Birkbeck University accepts the following test scores for English language proficiency taken within two years.
|Cambridge C1 Advanced||an overall score of 176, with 169 in each subtest|
|Cambridge C2 Proficiency||an overall score of 176, with 169 in each subtest|
|IELTS (Academic)||an overall score of 6.5, with 6.0 in each subtest|
|Pearson Test of English (Academic)||an overall score of 62 with 60 in each subtest|
|TOEFL (Internet Based Test)||an overall score of 79, with 18 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 19 in Speaking, 23 in Writing|
|Trinity College London - Integrated Skills in English||ISE II|
The above-mentioned admission requirements are not inclusive of all programs. Individual programs may require program-specific requirements like GRE and other aptitude tests, letters of recommendation, interview, and writing samples.
Tuition and fees vary according to individual courses or programs selected. Students can check individual course descriptions to know their course fees. Students can pay the fee as direct debit monthly installments or as three termly installments with no additional credit or administrative charges.
The cost of living and accommodation vary according to your living preferences. The following table gives an overview of pricing for accommodation and living in the Birkbeck campus and London.
|Residence Type||Average Cost|
|Partner hall of residence||EUR 143 per week for a twin, catered room|
EUR145 per week for a single, self-catered room
EUR 200 to EUR 300 per week for a double, catered room or single studio flat.
|UNITE hall of residence||EUR 150 per week for an ensuite room in a shared flat|
EUR 270 to EUR 500 per week for your own studio flat with a kitchen and bathroom.
|Room, flat or house private rentals||EUR 500 to over EUR 750 per month for a room rental in a shared flat or house.|
EUR 950 to over EUR 1500 per month to rent a one-bedroom flat, depending on how close your apartment is to the city centre of London.
EUR 1200 to over EUR 1600 per month to rent a two-bedroom flat.
|Food||EUR 30 to EUR 40 per week|
|Bills (water, electricity, gas, broadband, TV licence)||EUR 15 to EUR 30 per week|
|Travel Charges (to College)||EUR 15 to EUR 35 per week|
|Books and Equipment||EUR 10 per week|
The university offers financial support to international students who want to study in the UK through scholarships. The international scholarships available at Birkbeck University of London are mentioned below:
Most of the teaching at Birkbeck University takes place in the evening and students can work part-time during the day. All Birkbeck students can access the online careers and employability support service using their student login and avail a rich variety of content including interview simulator exercises and tests, work skills and e-learning, industry reports and free webinars. The Birkbeck Talent is a professional recruitment service offered to students and alumni of the university to link them to the top employers in the UK.
However, there are some restrictions to getting employed as follows.
The Birkbeck, University of London has a proud range of alumni including the great social reformer - Annie Besant, the world-renowned poet – TS Eliot, Marcus Garvey and Rosalind Franklin. The Alumni Community of Birkbeck University has nearly 50,000 members from more than 100 countries. These members enjoy several benefits and volunteering opportunities including 10 % tuition fee discount on postgraduate courses in the university, Subscription to BBK Magazine and e-BBK, Careers and Employability Service offer career advice, Membership to Birkbeck Library and the University of London and Lifelong access to facilities at Student Central,
|Average Cost of Attendance||$19,196 / Year|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$17,334 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$19,196 / Year|
Rank (Out of Colleges)
#344 [Out of 1000]
31.4 [Out of 100]
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary