Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education.
Founded in 1823, and recognised as a global elite university, Birkbeck is ranked among the top 1% of world-wide universities by the Times Higher World University Rankings 2014-15. More than 90% of Birkbeck academics are research-active and many are renowned world-class experts in their fields. This research directly informs our curriculum development and teaching; Birkbeck has consistently ranked number one for teaching in the annual National Student Surveys. As a member college of the University of London, Birkbeck shares its standards, and awards internationally recognised University of London qualifications.
The principal aims of Birkbeck are to:
- Provide part-time higher education courses which meet the changing educational, cultural, personal and career needs of adults; in particular those who live or work in the London region.
- Enable adult students from diverse social and educational backgrounds to participate in our courses.
- Maintain and develop excellence in research and provide the highest quality research training in all our subject areas.
- Make available the results of research, and the expertise acquired, through teaching, publication, partnerships with other organisations and the promotion of civic and public debate.
We work with Further Education colleges, Sixth Form colleges, trades unions and community groups, to help promote progression to higher education.
Birkbeck consists of five schools that comprise a total of 19 different academic departments.
- School of Arts
- School of Business, Economics and Informatics
- School of Law
- School of Science
- School of Social Science, History and Philosophy
Departments of Brikbeck University of London
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