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Birkbeck, University of London Reviews

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Birkbeck offers a different university experience from most other institutions across the UK. With lectures and seminars being held in the evening (between 6pm-9pm) for most, if not all, courses, this University of London college offers students the ability to begin or continue working whilst balancing studies. For me, I have been able to gain significant work experience in various sectors, including the sector which I wish to build a long-term career, ahead of graduation. The Bloomsbury campus is fairly close-knit, so expect to bump into classmates who are using the library, Perch Café, the 5th Floor Restaurant, or the George pub. However, I encourage Birkbeck students that live around East London to pay a visit to the Stratford Campus, which Birkbeck shares with the University of East London, as it is usually quiet and can sometimes be more convenient to reach than always travelling to Bloomsbury. Be sure to take advantage of intercollegiate University of London sports clubs!

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By member650554
On 17th August 20

Birkbeck, University of London Ranking


University of Hertfordshire #90
University of Salford #91
Liverpool Hope University #92
Goldsmiths, University of London #93
Birkbeck, University of London #94
Birmingham City University #95
University of Worcester #96
Ulster University #97
Abertay University (Dundee) #98
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) #99

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Accommodation in London

Somerset Court is minutes from buzzing Central London
Common room with TV, large ensuite rooms and studios
Less than a 20-minute walk to Birkbeck University


Birkbeck, University of London Hall Rankings


Chelsea Lightfoot Hall #1
Kensal Green Garrow House #2
Mannequin House, London #3
Spring Mews #4
Scape Greenwich #5
Glassyard Building #6
Platt Hall #7
iQ Tufnell House #8
Furzedown Student Village #9
McMillan Student Village #10

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Most helpful review

Birkbeck offers a different university experience from most other institutions across the UK. With lectures and seminars being held in the evening (between 6pm-9pm) for most, if not all, courses, this University of London college offers students the ability to begin or continue working whilst balancing studies. For me, I have been able to gain significant work experience in various sectors, including the sector which I wish to build a long-term career, ahead of graduation. The Bloomsbury campus is fairly close-knit, so expect to bump into classmates who are using the library, Perch Café, the 5th Floor Restaurant, or the George pub. However, I encourage Birkbeck students that live around East London to pay a visit to the Stratford Campus, which Birkbeck shares with the University of East London, as it is usually quiet and can sometimes be more convenient to reach than always travelling to Bloomsbury. Be sure to take advantage of intercollegiate University of London sports clubs!

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By member650554
On 17th August 20

Applying to Birkbeck, University of London

Entry Requirements

112-127 UCAS Points

Average range for Birkbeck, University of London entry requirements. Varies depending on the course.

TEF Rating

More details of our TEF outcome can be found on the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) website.


Covid-19 Response

TEACHING DELIVERY STATUS:
Confirmed Sept/Oct start
TEACHING MODE:
Blended learning
OPEN DAYS:
19th Nov
TEACHING NOTES:
Online learning and teaching will be available throughout the academic year, in addition, on-campus learning and teaching will be scheduled as and when possible, and facilities will be opening within the constraints of government guidance.
This is the latest available data taken from the bbk.ac.uk website on 28th September 2020

Birkbeck, University of London Reputation

Birkbeck, University of London is located in West London, Bloomsbury. The reputation for teaching has been recognised with a Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 11,390 students are enrolled at Birkbeck, University of London:

10,015 of these students come from the UK
- 690 come from other EU countries
- And 685 are students from non-EU countries.

(Source: HESA 2018/19)

The graduate outcomes for Birkbeck, University of London show that six months after leaving university, 91% of graduates are in work or further study. The average graduate salary six months after leaving Birkbeck, University of London is £24,000 a year.

(Source: DLHE Survey 2016)

Updated: 7th September 2020


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Hello is Birkbeck university demanding?
By member530743 On 7th March 18
Avoid this university as others have said badly Organised place a complete failure to help students. They are not interested in teaching but only in obtaining funds from students.
By member1236154 On 18th February 19
That is so true! Indeed AVOID THIS UNIVERSITY
By member444967 On 24th January 20
I did my BSC in Development and now doing an LLM at Birkbeck. I am now going to Oxford later this year for an MSc. But I will remain fond of Birkbeck. In my 4 years of study I have had only two average lecturers. But most of them were excellent. This uni is really dedicated to its students. You are not spoon fed but are expected to do the readings and put in the efforts but the assistance is very...
By member847397 On 17th April 20
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 17th August 20

Birkbeck offers a different university experience from most other institutions across the UK. With lectures and seminars being held in the evening (between 6pm-9pm) for most, if not all, courses, this University of London college offers students the ability to begin or continue working whilst balancing studies. For me, I have been able to gain significant work experience in various sectors, including the sector which I wish to build a long-term career, ahead of graduation. The Bloomsbury campus is fairly close-knit, so expect to bump into classmates who are using the library, Perch Café, the 5th Floor Restaurant, or the George pub. However, I encourage Birkbeck students that live around East London to pay a visit to the Stratford Campus, which Birkbeck shares with the University of East London, as it is usually quiet and can sometimes be more convenient to reach than always travelling to Bloomsbury. Be sure to take advantage of intercollegiate University of London sports clubs!

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 20th July 20

As a past student, this review is for the MSc Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology, at Birkbeck College, London, written in the hope to discourage prospective students from wasting their money with this so-called University. Simply put, Birkeck is a money-driven non-educational institution, whose ruthless marketing team will lure into paying in for low-quality teaching and zero work prospects. If you are thinking of joining this course, think twice. The course is overtly theory-based, taught by researchers with very little interest in your learning, as they are mostly concerned about a) progressing their academic career b) disseminating research for their own reputation. But what about the paying students? No one cares, I can tell you that. Their so-called course tutoring is non-existent, with very little academic support offered to students and no encouragement to excel whatsoever. They are clueless about the meaning of education, of duty of care towards students.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 14th May 20

One of the best places in London to study philosophy, with a robust and extremely intelligent faculty

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 6th February 20

Its a good university for 1st year .

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 24th January 20

This Birkbeck university is a joke, full of teachers not qualified, with no expertise in the field barely can speak English and they mark as they are experts. Plus not only the teachers are incompetents but the whole institution, have you ever heard any teacher saying to a student:"good that is a pass", very supportive, this got to be dump right? Do not waste your time applying to this university.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 7th November 19

Amazing university and place to study at.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd October 19

Which is the best universty in london i recomended for every one

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 25th August 19

I have had a very good experience of this university found all lectures to be helpful and supportive and have recently completed my CertHe in Psychology. Wanted to go direct to year 2 of the BSc Psychology but 3 eves was too much for me with juggling work and children but am able to use my CertHe to other universities

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 18th July 19

This university is perfect for anyone career oriented, and looking for well balanced life. They have an in-house career service which has workshops and helps you find jobs. The lecturers are all great and very flexible and understanding.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 16th July 19

Amazing experience with helpful staff and friendly environment!! Best uni in London

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 20th March 18

Journalism & Foreign Language (Japanese), BA-Full Time 3 years course is extremely good and can recommend for everyone, although it seems that not every teacher is as good and as amazingly fun as my Journalism teachers and Japanese teacher. I hear that some friends get teachers that aren't really qualified for some of their courses and are a bit boring.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 4th December 17

Teaching was very mixed, some excellent professors and some truly abysmal ones. Service for distance learning is very, very poor as no use of any modern technology just live videotaping of the lecture including breaks, interruptions and everything. It to some unexplained technical issue it took months for me to get access to course materials by which point I was behind in the course and, like another commentator, just sent round in circles every time I tried to fix the situation. Evening study is a great opportunity but frankly I wish more universities did it so that those who need it don't get stuck with Birkbeck!!

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 12th October 17

Very dissapointed applied to study at Birbeck for introduction to politics and I've been sent round in circles ! Now it's too late to start the course! Seems very disorganised university with no support !

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 24th August 17

Overall, quite disappointing. There is a great lack of organisation and support, which can significantly affect one's performance over their first year of university. Most of the time, I felt like I was left completely alone: criteria for assessment remained mostly unclear, what lecturers actually required always changed and, of most importance, some of them were not even qualified - it is enough to mention Foundations of Modern Psychology lecturer (NB: core module!) used to start by saying "Guys, I am not familiar with the topic so I can sum it up but you'll have to look it up yourselves.... haha!". There were 2 lecturers - consequently 2 modules - who were absolutely amazing in everything they did, which allowed me to enhance my knowledge and actually learn something over the year and am thankful for this. Eventually, some of my marks were reduced due to moderators revising past exams: the sole explanation given to me was "it is an academic decision and no one can influence it".

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 26th July 16

Part of the prestigious University of London, Birkbeck awards University of London degrees. So, upon graduation, you will receive an internationally respected qualification from a renowned institution. Birkbeck has a very strong research reputation across a wide range of disciplines. This feeds directly into its taught programmes, both undergrad and postgrad. Furthermore, with flexible study options, a diverse population of interesting and motivated students across a wide age range, and a great location, Birkbeck offers a unique academic opportunity.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 13th July 15

Prestigious, very good lecturers in a great part of London, next to other universities.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 13th July 15

Excellent university, best location as it is centrally located. As Birkbeck is under University of London, you have to SOAS, UCL and other unis student bars and unions

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