History, Affiliations & Rankings
Established in 1823, Birkbeck, University of London is a public institution considered as one of the top research-intensive universities in the world. What was founded as the London Mechanics’ Institute around 200 years ago is not part of the University of London. Birbeck awards qualifications that are respected and recognised internationally. Working professionals take advantage of its unique evening study offer to manage both work life and education. Birbek is ranked among the top 350 universities in the world by both QS World University Rankings 2020 and Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.
Infrastructure, Campus & Courses
Located in the heart of London in Bloomsbury, Birkbeck is known for its cutting-edge research and two campuses in central and east London. The college offers full-time as well as part-time courses for its students’ convenience. A wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes at Birkbeck is offered within five schools, namely, School of Science, School of Business, School of Arts, School of Economics & Informatics, School of Social Sciences, History & Philosophy and School of Law. Studying at Birkbeck comes with an added advantage of connecting with London’s working professionals.
Accomplishments & Alumni
The university has a rich history and was considered radical for allowing craftsmen and artisans to learn about Economics, Art and Science. It was also one of the first institutions in the country to admit women. Offering education to more than 18,000 students in its unique way, Birkbeck, University of London is well renowned for its research. According to the Research Excellence Framework, 73% of the university’s research has been rated ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’. Some notable people affiliated with Birkbeck include Ramsay MacDonald, Sidney Webb, Patrick Blackett, T.S. Eliot, Bear Grylls, Daisy Ridley and David Fleming.
Student Diversity & Visiting Companies
Birkbeck, University of London attracts a vibrant academic community of students and staff from over 120 countries. Its classrooms are filled with people from all backgrounds, different cultures, different ages, career and life experiences. The institute is ranked among the to 10% for its international outlook and research collaborations. It is noteworthy that 95% of Birkbeck’s graduates find employment or take up higher education within six months of graduation. The institute also provides various career services including panel discussions with employers, online social networking, CV, application writing and interview preparation, among other things.
Birkbeck hosts students from more than 100 countries every year, with over 1,500 students having enrolled for the 2020-21 academic year alone. With international students playing a major role in contributing to a culturally diverse community, the university has taken the following measures:
Teaching in the Spring term (between January and March) will be delivered in online mode for both domestic and international students, including those who are on student visa.
In-person teaching will be resumed in the Summer term (between April and July).
Students who would be applying for a student visa would be expected to engage in in-person classes. In case, they do not want to return to campus, they would be granted a continuing visa sponsorship.
A total of 140 study places have been made available for students.
Its virtual classrooms include a rich range of videos, study material and learning activities, delivered according to the convenience of the students.
The university is also offering financial assistance to students enrolled in programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and MPhil/PhD levels.
Students who are not satisfied with their online learning experience can raise their concerns with the concerned department.
All student services such as Careers, Wellbeing and Study Skills and Student Advice are being offered virtually to all.
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